FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
“…many were gathered and were praying. When he (Peter) knocked on the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” Acts 12
I was wonderfully renewed in the power of prayer the other day as I heard one of our homebound members tell me a story. She told me that her TV was not working quite right, making it hard to watch some favorite Christian programs. She offered a prayer up to God concerning the out of order TV. Within a very short amount of time there was a knock at the door. It was the Dish Net service technician looking for another farmstead. Not only can God direct the fish of the sea (Jonah 1:17 or John 21:6) but also service technicians.
In our Scripture passage above, the group gathered was praying for Peter, who as far as they knew, was still in jail for carrying the good news of Jesus Christ to people. There was a knock at the door. The young lady left the prayer session to answer the door. Who is it? Peter must have answered, “It’s me, Peter.” She was so overcome with joy she forgot to open the door. She too got to see the power of prayer first hand.
Perhaps you have had such an answer to your prayers in your life. These times are very special to us and we can praise God for His gracious response. It is also possible that you have been praying to God and nothing seems to be happening. This too is a time for you and I to grow in our faith and in our understanding of “Thy will be done.” Whether God answers quickly, years later, or maybe even not on this side of eternity, let’s continue to trust Him in ALL our prayers.
Consider the Lord’s gracious invitation for our prayers. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Everything by prayer and petition,