Thursday, November 20, 2008

It Is His Angel!

November 20: Acts 11-12

11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter's voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.

Acts 12:11-16, ESV

It Is His Angel!

This is perhaps my favorite account of the events of the early Christian church recorded in Acts, because I see myself in those who were praying for Peter.

Herod was on the attack! When he saw that the people were pleased with the execution of the Apostle James, he arrested Peter and threw him in prison. Peter, however, did not stay in prison for very long; in the middle of the night an angel came and brought him safely out of the prison. When the guards awoke, he was gone! (Read the full account of Peter's release from prison in Acts 12:7-10.)

The amazing thing to me were the Christians who had gathered together in the house of Mary, praying for Peter's release from prison. When Peter realized that he was not having a vision, but really had been released from prison, he went to the house of Mary and knocked at the door. Rhoda, the servant girl, came to the door; recognizing the voice of Peter she ran in to tell the others. How did they react?

They told Rhoda that she was out of her mind; Peter could not be there, because he was in prison. "It is his angel," they responded. At her insistence, they opened the door and saw Peter standing there.

We, Christians, know that God answers prayer. As a matter of fact, we do not have to live very long to see many examples of God's faithfulness to the prayers of His people. Yet, how often do we respond just like Peter's friends? We pray for our unsaved relatives, knowing in our heart that they will never accept the Lord. When God turns their heart to Him, we are amazed.

Do not think that this kind of event only happened to the Christians in the early church! Has our God changed? Is His arm shortened that He cannot hear and answer our prayers?

Go to Christ today and confess your unbelief before Him. Then, pray without ceasing, knowing that prayer is the most powerful weapon you have against unbelief!

God Bless You,

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