Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed.
(Acts 12:16 NLT)
While Peter was in prison, “the church prayed very earnestly for him” (Acts 12:5). Yet when Peter showed up at the door, the church, the group of believers, couldn’t believe it. They told the hired servant, who kept insisting that it was Peter, “You’re out of your mind!” and argued, “It must be his angel” (v. 15). When they eventually realized that it was Peter, they were amazed.
Oftentimes, we, too, earnestly pray for things without taking the time to listen for God’s answer. While the prophet Daniel was still praying, God sent the angel Gabriel to give Daniel the following message, “The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God” (Daniel 9:23). The next time you pray, watch for God’s answer. He is more willing to answer than we’re willing to believe.
When you pray, watch for God’s answer.