Read Acts 12:1-17
To him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NRSV)
Each time I read about Peter's release from jail, I smile. The scene opens with Peter sleeping so soundly the angel has to poke him to wake him up. Once Peter is free, he visits those who had been praying for him. Rhoda, who answers his knock, is so excited to hear him that she doesn't let him in! He is left waiting while she tries to convince the people praying for him that he's outside. But they are quicker to believe in a visit from an angel than in a diving rescue.
What were these believers praying for? If they were praying for Peter's rescue, they failed to believe God had answered them. Were they praying for Peter's rescue, they failed to believe God had answered them. Were they praying without believing, or were they asking for something less than the rescue that God wanted to grant?
We have all prayed for something we perhaps didn't get: healing from an illness, a job that went to another person. At such times we can become timid about asking again; so we ask for a small favor instead of what we really want. We don't want to be disappointed. I may never understand why I sometimes see no answer, but I do understand that the cost of praying only small prayers is too high. God may not grant me many miracles, but how many will I see if I never ask?
Dear God, thank you for sometimes giving us big answers that we didn't have the courage to ask for. Please help us to trust you enough to make our requests as big as you are. Amen.
Thought for the Day
God is big. Are my requests too small?
Jennifer Aaron (Washington)