Answered prayer, yeah, right.

“‘But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!’ Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, ‘It is his angel.’”

Acts 12:15, NKJV

Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24, NKJV)

The problem is that we rarely believe that Jesus will actually do what we ask. Our prayers bear this out. We don’t pray, “Lord, bring healing to this person!” We pray emasculated prayers that go something like this: “Lord, we know that you probably won’t heal this person, so figure out some way to make it okay for them.” We may want something to happen, we just don’t believe that it will.

Now, I am not one to say that we should be presumptuous in our prayers. Neither do I believe that we should command God to do what we want Him to do. He is God and He will accomplish what He wants to accomplish. But our prayers sound more like unbelief than belief.

The same was true in the early church. Although they were praying for Peter’s release, they did not believe that the Lord would actually release him. Maybe they were praying that Peter would just be comfortable in his prison cell and would go to his death amicably. But God had other plans. A little girl messed up their theology.

“Peter was at the door!” She said, “Your prayers have been answered!” But they rejected their answered prayer.

I wonder how many answers we have rejected, waiting, knocking on our doors.

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