Scripture, at times, reads like a comedy.
In our passage today, the disciples are gathered together, fervently praying, sustaining prayer. Some of their most beloved have been killed--Stephen and James, the son of John. Now Peter is in Herod's prison. They are imploring God to intervene.
Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. So wrapped up in prayer are they, they send a child to answer the door. The very one for whom they have been praying, Peter, is standing, miraculously freed from prison, waiting to be welcomed into the house. The girl runs in to tell the good news.
Despite their prayers, they are unbelieving.
“You’re out of your mind,” they told the girl. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
The great news incarnate continues to knock at the door. The answer to their prayer is right in their midst. Despite Jesus' earlier statement, "Blessed is the one who has not seen yet still believes," even the most fervent pray-ers often need to see and touch the results of their prayers.
When we connect to God through fervent prayer, it is obvious that we are totally unaware of the "high voltage" connection. Our Heavenly Father is the designer, creator and ruler of all the universe. His power, majesty and resources are beyond our imagining.
I think if we really understood the power of prayer, we would either run from it...
or fall before the throne of God constantly, spilling forth our desires for the kingdom.