DAY 11 – When God Answers One Prayer and Ignores Another.
READ: Acts 12:1-3, 5-7, 12-16
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…It’s a saying that has come to be a bit of a joke these days. Yet, somehow it seems to get the point across. While the Gospel was successfully making it’s way across Europe, back in Jerusalem, things weren’t going so well. For one, King Herod (in a power play to impress his people) murdered the first of the 12 Apostles: James. When the Jews showed their approval, he rounded up Peter and threw him into prison with plans to kill him next! The new believers were rightfully shaken. They immediately circled the wagons and went to prayer. But when Peter was spared, and their prayers for him were actually answered, they were shocked and in disbelief!
How Does this Apply to me? Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we think that He should or in the way that we want Him to. For some reason, God allowed James to die, yet he miraculously saved Peter. It’s beyond our understanding. And, it’s no surprise the early believers were baffled! In moments like these, when things aren’t going our way, we need to call upon the Lord for strength to stand firm and believe. We need to rest in the fact that He is all powerful and in control, remind ourselves that He does hear our prayers and accept that He truly has a plan. Just as the death of James did not stop the early church, troubles and trials in our lives will not derail God’s will for each of us nor His vision for The Church.
Acts 12:24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
Praying Together:. When we don’t see God’s hand or understand His plan, let’s ask The Lord for the strength to not only survive but to be victorious through those difficult and dark times.