Good Monday Morning. Here’s Today’s Nugget to chew on:
“Expect Your Answer”
Acts 12:1-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”
9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
Further Thought: Today’s passage reminds us we can pray and not expect. But I want to encourage you to pray and to expect. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to waste going through the motions. Mark 11:24 reminds us that “what things soever you desire when you pray believe that you receive them and you shall have them.” Catch that. Jesus is speaking in Mark 11:24, and He didn’t say you “might” have it. No, He said you “SHALL” have it. So when you pray, believe that you receive it, and you shall have it. Yes, it’s a process, and we won’t see instant manifestations of every request, but if we will hold fast to our confession of faith according to Hebrews 10:23, Jesus, who made the promise, is faithful to watch over His word to ensure it manifests in your life. Remember, Jesus also said during the process that He will keep you in perfect peace when you keep your mind on what He said. So, expect your answer.
Have a great day and keep chewing on God’s Word.
Additional references: Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; Mark 10:27; Jeremiah 1:12 and 1 John 5:14-15
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