Good morning! The one thing I’ve learned over time is that people like to hear a good story. Many people wait with anticipation of the next little bit of gossip. They call, scroll or create their own stories just to hear what is going on. The next time someone calls you about gossip, be like Peter share with them what God has been doing or done in your life. Join me as we continue to read Acts chapter 12.
“16 Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. 17 He motioned for them to quiet down and told them how the Lord had led him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers what happened,” he said. And then he went to another place.
18 At dawn there was a great commotion among the soldiers about what had happened to Peter. 19 Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for him. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while.” – Acts 12:16-19 NLT
I’ve been pondering over yesterday’s verses and the verses we read today. I’ve been revisiting my thoughts on the following questions:
- How often does the Lord give us the answer to our prayer(s) and we leave it at the door?
- How often do we hear “that was answered prayer” but we are disappointed by the delivery of the answer or we don’t trust what God has done?
Today’s verses are clear in the since that they all finally saw their answer to prayer. They were “amazed”. Peter had to motion for them to keep quiet. Yet, Peter made sure others knew of his deliverance. Peter didn’t stay, he continued on with the work of the Lord.
Sisters and brothers, we need to start telling others how God answered our prayers. We need to be amazed by what God is doing and making sure others know that God is still moving, acting and answering prayers. Give God the praise He deserves. Praise Him in the midst of good times, in the midst of your circumstances, in the midst of your struggle, in the midst of confusion because we know God will come through for you; and when He does…keep praising and tell others.
Father God we thank you for all that you have done for us. Lord, thank you for pressing in our hearts 💕 the endless love that you have for us. Lord, thank you for creating safe spaces where we can experience your presence and deliverance. Lord, you know the things we need and desire. Lord, we trust that you will provide what is necessary and we also know you like to do things in abundance. Lord, we trust our prayers with you – have Your way. Lord, we trust that you will equip us and lead us. Lord, we praise and thank you in advance for answers to our prayers. Lord, help us to see what you are doing in the world. Let us experience your amazing grace and mercy in this world, during this pandemic, during the call for social justice and during this election season. Lord, Your will be done! In Jesus name, amen!
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