Praying for a miracle
Acts 12: 12-17
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognised Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.
Strange thing isn’t it? We pray and ask God to intervene in our family life and when something quite extra ordinary happens we don’t know how to deal with it. Today’s story about the early church shows that, like us, they found it hard to believe in the miraculous. Peter arrives at their door having been sprung out of prison by an angel. They have been praying for a miracle when it happens they are dumfounded.
Lord forgive us when we say our prayers
And expect nothing to happen.
You have promised
Even if two or three of us gather together
You will be there.
Hear us as we pray with one another
Today we want to pray about our family and friends
Especially our church family
Those locked in prisons of doubt and fear
Those who are knocking on the door
And have been left standing outside.
Break down the walls of disbelief
Help us to look beyond the physical world
Open our spiritual eyes to see
The things that are beyond the telling
The visions, that can only be understood
As we practice our faith through our living.