THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25
15 “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided,
“It must be his angel.”
16 Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed.
Acts 12:15, 16 (NLT)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: BELIEVE GOD ANSWERS
A tale is told about a small town that had historically been “dry,” but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible. The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that “no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians do not.” (J. K. Johnston).
Brian Bell writes, “God is real, and He answers prayer! Many of us can grasp this concept intellectually, but when the evidence is knocking at the door we find it hard to believe.” The early church believed God answered prayer intellectually but when Peter showed up, after being released from prison, they couldn’t believe it. Acts 12:16 says they were “astonished.” That word literally means to be beside yourself.
The tension of believing and not believing is a continual struggle for believers in the Bible and believers today. In Mark 9:23-24 a man brings his son to be healed by Jesus and Jesus said, “‘Anything is possible if a person believes.’ The father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!’” What areas do you struggle to believe God will answer your prayers?
Praise Jesus for His unlimited ability to answer prayer. Ask God to help you with your unbelief.