I love the story in Acts 12 from today’s reading.  Herod  Agrippa has decided to start killing Christian leaders (okay, I don’t really love that part of it).  He has James – John’s brother, son of Zebedee – killed, and then Peter gets thrown into prison.  Peter, thinking that he is having a vision, is led out of prison by an angel, and he goes to the place where the believers have gathered to pray.  He knocks on the door, and here’s the part I love.

[Peter] knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it.  When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”

“You’re out of your mind!” they said.  When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel” (Acts 12:13-15).

Have you ever had a prayer answered, but had trouble believing it?  Sometimes, I think about how absolutely crazy faith is.  Believing in something we can’t see is crazy, if we really stop to think about it.  But perhaps the crazier thing is taking the time to pray, and not thinking that it will actually happen.

When you pray, do you have a sense of expectation?  Do you really believe that God hears you?  Try it.  Pray with a sense of confidence.  Pray believing that God will hear you and responds.

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