We are so pleased that a number of you have taken advantage of our offer to pray for your specific needs. You are not alone. We are already feeling much closer to many of you by sharing in your life in this way. We are getting to know you. That’s part of what prayer does — it brings us together.
We are also deeply indebted to those of you who have volunteered to pray. You are standing as intercessors between all of us and the Lord. It is a priestly function, and much appreciated. We have already received answers to prayer.
Sometimes those answers surprise us.
I am reminded of the story in the Book of Acts when the Roman king, Herod Agrippa, began persecuting some believers in the church. “He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish leaders, he arrested Peter” and threw him in jail under guard (Acts 12:1-5). Herod’s intention was to bring Peter out for a public trial. “But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.”
The night before Peter was to go on trial, an angel of the Lord came to him, freed him from the bonds that had him chained to two sleeping guards, opened the prison gate and led him out. It was all so miraculous that at first Peter thought he was dreaming the whole thing. Finally convinced it was real, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many of the believers had gathered to pray for him. While they were praying, Peter came and knocked on the door to the outer gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came out to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she got so excited that she raced back inside to tell everyone, leaving Peter standing outside the door. How perfect is that?
Not only that, they left him outside while they tried to convince the girl that she was imagining things. How long they left him out there, we don’t know, but it’s most comical.
“You’re out of your mind,” they said when she told them, and when she insisted, they decided it must be his angel. It was beyond them to think that God might be actually answering their prayers at that very minute.
Meanwhile, Peter was still outside, patiently knocking. When they finally went and opened the door, they were amazed. They were amazed that God actually answered their prayer in a miraculous way.
I like this story because it’s so much like what we would do in similar circumstances. We pray, but we are shocked when we get an answer, especially a miraculous one. But God is God. He can do anything He wants.
Better be careful what you pray for — it might come true!
Isn’t that so like us?
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