#234 – Astonished

Good morning people of faith in God

Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the Church was earnestly praying to God for him.

I pray that we all know what it is to earnestly pray. Our faithful God responds to the fervent prayers of righteous people. But have a look at what happens once their prayers are answered and Peter is supernaturally released from prison.

Acts 12:13-16 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.

I am just like this at times and maybe you are too. I earnestly pray to a God who is well able and also willing to meet my needs and yet I am surprised when He does. We cry out for miracles and then are astonished when they happen! This is crazy yet a common occurrence.

Think about this: maybe we should be more surprised when miracles don’t happen. Maybe our response should be thanksgiving, not astonishment. Maybe we should pray expecting.

“Lord increase our faith. Help us to pray and believe. May we be earnest and thankful people. May we default to believing and not doubting. Help us on our journey God in Jesus wonderful Name.”