“When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 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 that she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’”
– Acts 12:12-14
Do you believe in the power of prayer? I think most of us, if we really understood all that lifting our voices to Heaven can and does accomplish in this world, would spend a lot less time complaining and a lot more time praying. In fact, as we revisit the story of Peter being set free from jail by the hands of an angel, on the other side of that miracle was a group of people fervently crying out to God for his deliverance. They weren’t just gathered at John Mark’s mom’s house to watch football or chew the fat, they were on their knees pleading with the Lord for the life of their beloved friend. In fact, they were so deep in intercession when Peter came knocking on the door that they didn’t hear it, so a servant named Rhoda answered. She was super-excited to see him, so she ran to tell the others that he had returned, but forgot to open the door and let him in. Amazingly, not only had the believer’s request for Peter’s life to be spared been granted, but he had come back to them safe, sound, and free!
My friend, there is no better way to spend your time than in prayer! Far from being a rote and lifeless activity, lifting your voice and spirit to Jesus is the key to experiencing His power and sharing it with others. The last time you were delivered from something that felt like it would consume you, remember that there were people hounding Heaven on your behalf. In fact, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit Himself intercedes according to the heart of God when you pray. I urge you to quit complaining, stop analyzing, and start praying whenever you are tempted to worry, then watch as things around you begin to change!
Jesus, I believe you respond to my intercessions, so remind me to pray whenever I can.
How has God answered prayer in your life?
I have started praying in tongues at least my tongue is doing all kinds of things I don’t understand my head has started shaking in my hands and I don’t understand that I pray that you praise God for these things and praise him for leading me to a local Penecostal church where this could be interpreted I know there is one I live in Wilmington Delaware and I know there is one I just found out on the web on Pennsylvania Avenue which is right close to me and Wilmington Delaware so I beg you to praise Jesus for all of this again he is the power it’s always times like these and it’s always it’s not coincidence it’s God’s miracle all the time you have blessed me so much with your ministry I have had the privilege of giving my annual pledge to you and I hope there’s something written I canReceive because I can’t I don’t use CDs so I need something written if you could find something written and mail it to me that would also be a miracle I am Deborah Cleveland 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 211, Wilmington, DE 19806 and I can’t wait to receive something written God bless you Deborah Cleveland