She Opened Not the Gate

Acts 12:14 (KJV) “And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.”

Devotional Thought

Prayer invites God’s kingdom to come and seeks to see God’s will established over the affairs of men. It seeks to see God’s will established on the earth as it is done in heaven. When we pray in faith, and according to His will, we are guaranteed of divine response, from God.

However, our prayer often times lacks all the qualities needed, to get God’s attention and intervention. Sometimes, we pray not because we believe that God will answer, but because we don’t know what else to do. When the motivation for praying is anxiety, instead of expectancy, it misses divine response from God.

The Lord does not respond to anxiety and fear, He only responds to prayer of faith. It is faith in His ability and willingness to answer that gets God’s attention and receives answer from God. However, we must also remind ourselves, that God is a sovereign God, and He is a faithful God. Oftentimes, He acts and moves sovereignly in answer to prayers, in spite of our faithlessness.

Looking at the prayer meeting organized to intercede for Peter, it evidently lacked the qualities of prayer that God answers. It is a prayer done out of routine, or ritual. The visible fervency of their prayer has its root in anxiety and lacks the expectation of faith.

Faith to Open the Door

When God answered their prayer, and Peter showed up at the door, they did not believe, though Rhoda insisted. Their response to the news of Peter’s arrival reflects their unbelief, and the fact that they weren’t expecting an answer. Rhoda insisted that it was Peter, but they said it is not possible; it must be Peter’s angel.

In spite of their unbelief, God answered their prayer, and good news came to their doorstep. If you have lost faith in the possibility of God’s intervention, the Lord is speaking to you today. This month, the Lord will bypass your faithlessness, and will glorify Himself in your case, in Jesus’ name.

Miracle is coming to your doorstep that has nothing to do with your faith, but much to do with God’s faithfulness. Good news will knock at your door this month. I pray, you will have enough faith to open the door, to receive it in Jesus’ name.

Let’s Talk About It:

When our faith is weak for what we are praying for, what can we do to boost our faith?

Prayer Starter

Father, go beyond the weakness of my faith, to glorify Yourself in my life this week, in Jesus’ name.

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