Surprised by God's Answers
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. Acts 12:5
Peter had been thrown in prison for preaching the gospel. Naturally, the church began to pray for him. They may have prayed for his comfort and his safety. Maybe they imagined God influencing Herod to let Peter go or that the trial would result in an acquittal. Whatever they prayed, they probably weren’t expecting the answer that God provided.
One evening as the church prayed, God supernaturally broke Peter out of prison. Immediately, Peter rushed off to visit those who were praying. But when he arrived, no one believed that it was actually Peter. They didn’t expect their prayers to be answered so quickly or powerfully.
A lot of times we pray, but we’re still surprised when God answers. It’s not that we don’t believe he can answer. We’re just not ready for the answer he gives.
As you pray, keep your eyes and ears open to God’s answers. Because while God’s answers might not look anything like you imagined, he will answer you. Take some time today to ask God to help you accept his answers, even when they don’t meet your expectations.
Dear God, please forgive me for the times I have not truly believed in your power to miraculously answer prayer. I ask that you open my mind to accept your answers, even when they are completely unexpected. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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