Written by: Scotty Smith
"He (Peter) went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Acts 12:12-16
Heavenly Father, thank you for chronicling this somewhat humorous episode in your Word. It both exposes our unbelief, and highlights your unfailing commitment to do exceedingly beyond all we can ask or imagine. We're grateful you answer our prayers, not because of the quality of our faith, but for the glory of your Son, the growth of your church, and the expansion of your Kingdom.
We'd loved to be astonished by "Peter knocking at the door." Here's some of the things weighing heavy on our hearts, and challenging to our faith, on this Wednesday in September.
Father, we know that you, not "mother-nature," are sovereign over weather fronts, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Please reduce the power of Maria, barreling this morning towards Puerto Rico, and other vulnerable people and places. And grant success to workers in Mexico City, frantically digging to rescue victims buried in the rubble.
We continue to pray for family members and friends who are strangers to your grace--seemingly allergic, if not impervious to the gospel. As surely as you opened the doors and let Peter out of prison, so rescue those we love from the dungeon of a Christ-less life.
Through his resurrection and ascension, we know you made Jesus the "ruler of the kings of the earth." Father, make it more apparent. We know you're not slow in keeping your promises, but merciful. But we are so ready for the crazy to cease and your Kingdom to come.
Father, because the gospel is true and grace is sufficient, we will continue to trust you to open all kinds of prisons doors. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus' wonderful and merciful name.