Unexpected Answers

Daily Bible Reading – Job 6-8; Acts 12

Today’s Key Passage – Acts 12:1-18


Most of us have probably experienced a time when our prayers were seemingly unanswered or when we had to wait for an answer from God.  This is a fairly common situation and one that we see time and time again in Scripture.  Today’s key passage is basically the opposite of this circumstance.  In it, God answered a prayer quickly – so quickly in fact that His answer was unexpected.

King Herod arrested some of the early Christians, including Peter.  Herod’s plan was likely to execute Peter after the Passover celebration, and he was holding Peter in prison until Passover was over.  Some of the other believers were staying in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark.  They were praying for Peter’s release from prison and safe return to them.  While in prison, an angel of the Lord appeared to Peter and rescued him from jail – an answer to all of the prayers of the other believers.  When Peter showed up at Mary’s house after his rescue, though, a curious thing happened.  The believers, faced with the answer to their prayers, initially did not believe.  When they finally checked and saw that it was indeed Peter at the door, they were “astonished” that God had answered their prayers. (12:16)

God hears all of our prayers, and He answers those prayers according to His will.  1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”  When we pray to our Lord, we should do so believing that He will answer our prayers.  We should cling to our faith in our Father in Heaven that He will do what is right for us in all things and in all ways, for He loves us unconditionally.  When He answers our prayers, we should not be surprised at all by His faithfulness.  Instead, we should simply be thankful to a loving and perfect God, and praise Him for His providence.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on October 20, 2013, in 05 - Acts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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