In Acts 6 we see the account of when the early church’s beloved leader had become imprisoned they gathered together to pray. While they are praying for Peter, an angel was setting him free and he ran to their gathering. As he knocks on the door the people who were undoubtedly praying for his release don’t believe that it was him at the door. Do you see the irony? God answered their prayers, but they couldn’t believe he actually would. Why then were they praying? We go to pray corporately because we believe that God hears and answers our prayers.
This Sunday we have pressing things to pray about, but those who will gather — do we really expect for God to answer our prayers? Let’s pray this week in anticipation of a knock at the door.
“6 Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, â€œGet up quickly.â€ And the chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, â€œDress yourself and put on your sandals.â€ And he did so. And he said to him, â€œWrap your cloak around you and follow me.â€ 9 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, â€œNow I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.â€
12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, â€œYou are out of your mind.â€ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, â€œIt is his angel!â€ 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, â€œTell these things to James and to the brothers.â€ Then he departed and went to another place.”