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.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished (Acts 12:13-16 NIV).
Hmmm… Just when you think you have seen everything you need to see in a scripture passage, somebody with open eyes sees what you have missed.
I was listening to someone say that the devil does not mind you praying even though he would do everything to stop you but he definitely mind’s you believing. These are two different things and they started highlighting the difference between praying, believing and receiving. Some people have mastered the act of praying but then they would rather wait for whatever it is they have been praying for than open their hearts to receive it because it’s too scary or they lack courage.
The thing about Peter in prison’s story is that immediately the church started praying for Peter, God went to work. It didn’t matter that they didn’t initially see anything, God was still at work. He sent an angel to go get Peter out of prison. However, here’s the thing; All the other doors that were an obstacle to Peter’s freedom opened of their own accord… They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. IT OPENED FOR THEM BY ITSELF, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left Him (Acts 12:10 NIV).
The church didn’t have to do anything. All the doors opened of their own accord but the Lord left the last door for Peter to knock on and the church that had been praying for Peter had to receive him. The Lord was not going to open that door. It was up to them to open it.
Hmmm… what am I trying to say? Do you lack the courage to open the door to what God has sent your way and simply receive it? Everything is already in place waiting for you. All you need to do is go for that interview and the Job is yours. All you need to do is put in your proposal and the contract or whatever it is you are after is yours. All you need to do is speak to that person and the answer is yes.
I ask again… Do you lack the courage to open the door to what God has sent your way and simply receive it?
“…I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Luke 11:9 NIV).