5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
14When 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."
16But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished – Acts 12
The early church was just learning how to pray. But did they really believe their prayers? When they saw Peter (the answer to their prayers), they were astonished. They couldn’t believe that their prayers were really answered. They were praying earnestly even though they were not fully convinced that it would happen.
Today Vince, Mick (an elder), some friends, and I prayed for a man who is unresponsive in a nursing facility. We prayed for healing. We prayed for restoration of health. We anointed him with oil and asked that God do a miraculous work. Do I believe strongly that he will be healed? I really hope so. I do. But sometimes it is difficult for me to believe without a doubt that God will do what I request. And it is there I have to make a choice; do I stop praying because I am not 100% convinced, or do I pray all the harder?
Maybe my primary job is to pray hard. And when I see him move, it builds up the faith that I have for the next time I pray.
Don’t give up praying just because you may be lacking some faith. He may astonish you and show up. And when he does, open the door.
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