A story that always makes me laugh is in Acts 12 when Peter is miraculously freed from prison and goes to the home the other followers are hunkering down in. Standing outside, he knocks. A girl comes to the door, joyfully sees it is Peter, promptly leaves him there, and turns back inside to tell the others. So Peter continues to knock while the others inside tell the girl she is crazy for thinking Peter is at the door. Meanwhile, Peter keeps knocking.
Outside of the humorous image of Peter unable to get anyone to open the door, it is sad and telling at the same time. Because before Peter knocked on the door we are told that earnest prayer to God was made for him by the church. They were inside praying Peter would be freed from prison and spared death.
And here Peter stands outside the door knocking. Their prayer answered and they don’t even believe it.
@jessaconnolly posed these questions the other day that have been working on me...”Would you be ready if God did what you’re asking Him to do? Would your character and life sustain it? Would you be shocked if He showed up and answered prayers or ready to ride the wave of spiritual momentum if the Spirit suddenly started moving in a wild way?”
Do you really believe God will answer your prayers? Do I believe He will answer mine? Or do we just go through the prayer motions hoping the odds are tipped in our favor, but not really expectant. Do we consciously or subconsciously already have our rationale worked out...you know, the, “it might not be Gods will” “God’s timing is different than mine” “God sees things I can’t see and this may not be it” ... and not that these things aren’t true, but do we use them as excuses for non-belief?
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! Strengthen my faith and help me pray bold and expectant prayers...and then help me to be ready when You answer them!