“Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”“
Praying With An Expectation
Truly, our God answers prayers. Whiles that is true, our confidence in prayer and expectations must not be shaken at all. When you pray, be expectant for help, provisions, protection or answer to what you prayed about.
In our text today, the disciples gathered to pray and avert the plans of Herod. Prior to this, he arrested and killed James. Later, he continued to arrest Peter and placed him in maximum security awaiting death. This time the disciples prayed. As a believer you have what it takes to stand in prayer for your home, family and friends.
However, they clearly had no expectations. Knowing the security levels in place and the wickedness of the man Herod, they couldn’t think of any escape plans. Yet, God rescued Peter. At the door, the answer to their prayer stood knocking, but their reply to the servant was “ you’re out of your mind”. ” it must be His angel”. So, what were they expecting as they prayed?Certainly, you are likely to have answer to your prayer right by your side and you wouldn’t know because you are praying without expectations.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1Corinthians 2:9). The Spirit of God will reveal these things to you and you ought to pray with great expectation knowing that God is able to do even exceedingly above what you can possibly imagine.
Almighty God, I thank you for your word today. I humbly pray for an expectant heart to be able pray in faith not fear. Help me to intercede in prayer for others. In Jesus’ Name