GOD MIGHT HAVE DONE IT!
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 NIV).
“Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognised 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).
As my seven-year-old adopted son was leading us in a prayer during our family morning devotion recently, he made mention of a prayer point that amused me, but at the same time made me to ponder on our attitude to God when we are unknowingly asking for what He has already given us. My son said inter alia, “Lord, let Daddy return safely from his journey.” He was referring to a journey that I made some days before that day. Undoubtedly, the family had been praying for my safe journey when I was away on the journey. However, this boy had forgotten that I had returned safely from the journey a day before he said the prayer. The answer to his prayer was with him at that prayer session!
Some believers in the early church had similar experience in Acts 12. King Herod was persecuting the Christians. He killed James, the brother of John. When he saw that the Jews were pleased by action, he went ahead to arrest Peter and put him in prison with the intention of killing him after the Jewish feast. However, the Christians prayed fervently for Peter. God did answer their prayer and miraculously rescued Peter from the prison. Peter went straight to the place where he knew the brethren would be gathering praying for him. When he knocked the door, on recognizing his voice, the joy that the girl that came to open the door had did not let her open the door. She went back to inform the others but they said in total ignorance and unbelief that she was out of her mind. They did not realize that God had done what they were asking Him to do.
On many occasions, we also act like that innocent boy and the Jerusalem brethren: we continue to ask God for what He has done for us. Only if we can have faith and be vigilant, God has answered most of our prayers. I believe that the promise of Isaiah 65:24 is also for this generation.
As this year is running to an end, what have you been asking God that you think He has not done for you? Have you ever looked attentively around you to see whether God has answered your prayer? Who knows, He might have done it!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).