Do we belive that our prayers will be answered?


Acts 12

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”

16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.

 

This is a great story, but the thing which came to mind is those disciples praying but not believing Peter was free. How often do we pray but not really believe that God will answer?

I pray for healing for others in church as well as at other times, but doubt is always there, will God heal?

It is encouraging to realise that even the early church didn’t always relive that God would answer there prayers.

This should be a challenge to us  to not be surprised when God answers our prayers for others. We should not be astonished but eager to hear of these events. I have heard many church leaders express surprise at an answer to prayer.  Yet we are call by Jesus to pray to our father, He even used the example of a human father to show that He would always answer with good things not a snake or a scorpion.

So lets trust Gods word and be prepared to see answers to our prayers rather than doubting them.

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2 responses to “Do we belive that our prayers will be answered?

  1. Chris, A few days ago, I asked God to forgive me for this very same thing:doubting. I prayed, laid it on the altar, and then picked up my concerns. That moment I realized, I doubted God and his answers to my prayers. Instantly, again, I asked His forgiveness. The past few days, prayers have been answered and when I thank the Father, I say. I trust lead me. What will you have me do next? This puts away doubt. I know his plan is better than mine.

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  2. HI Ang, it is so easy to do isn’t it and yet when we trust God bless us. I thnk God that you have had prayers answered and pray that we will both see more answered day by day.

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