Acts 12:14 – When Rhoda recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening the door and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
We sometimes get flabbergasted as we see the answers to our prayers right in front of our eyes. It is true that we pray in faith, but we are often not sure about our own expectations from God as we pray to Him. When His answers bang on us, we are sometimes wonder struck about the way the answers come and we even forget our own demeanor as we encounter these answers to our pleas. Each of us will have several such stories to recount about the magnificent ways by which God answers our prayers. Martha and Mary would have experienced great wonder when they saw their brother Lazarus standing before them at the mouth of the tomb. The woman of Nain would have been likewise shocked in bewilderment to see her son getting up from the coffin. We see that this was how God answered the prayers of His children. There were always shocking disbelief at each of the miracles Jesus and the apostles performed. It was always the end of the rope for man and so man had to put all his faith on the Lord. It was all faith and not sight that brought forth unbelievable answers to prayer. God’s people in Jerusalem poured their hearts out in the presence of God for the return of Peter and for his release from the clutches of Herod. God proved to them and to others that He is mightier than any king or emperor. When we put our full faith in the Lord, He turns our impossibilities into His possibilities which often catch us unprepared as in the case of Rhoda.
Dear reader, are you faced with a humanly impossible situation in your life? Don’t be dismayed about it because there are so many situations which are impossible for man with all his wisdom, knowledge, technology and money. It is this realization of impossibility that turns us to the God of the Impossible. When we turn to God, He makes us to witness how our impossible situations turn around to great possibilities because of His power and strength. This was how great hindrances like sea or river opened up and turned the bottom into dry ground. Great furnaces become like cool fellowship rooms. Lion’s dens become the safest prayer rooms. Great walls of cities crumble like a deck of cards at the shout of God’s people in His name. Vipers become harmless. Five flat breads feed several thousands with sufficient leftovers for a few more days. Water becomes wine at split seconds. Blinds see in a moment and lame dance instantly. The hardhearted sinners become saints at half a moment. All of these are sufficient for us to plunge into pleasant and shocking surprises. Today we can depend on such a God who brings down gourmet manna from heaven to feed His children in formerly unknown ways. He still opens streams in the desert for Ishmaels to drink water. He still deputes angels to unshackle Peters and to open doors and gates of prison for them. Yes, this God is our God who leads us daily as He meets our intimate needs in totally unexpected ways which send shock waves and bewilderment to our souls. We can depend on this God to do the impossible for us even today as we wait for Him to answer our feeble prayers in faith. Let us prepare ourselves to receive far beyond our expectations from Him to meet our needs.
Psalms 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.
Thought for Today
We will be in for great shock when our feeble faith meets with unbelievable answers to our prayers right in front of our eyes.