Acts 12:11-17 :
When Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were expecting.” Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she didn’t open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
They said to her, “You are crazy!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.” But Peter continued knocking. When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. But he, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, “Tell these things to James, and to the brothers.” Then he departed, and went to another place.
Well, Rhoda turned out to be right. Peter wasn’t an angel and he really was at the gate knocking. Isn’t it interesting that we can pray and pray for something from God and when He decides to give it to us, we can’t believe it. These praying Christians didn’t believe that Peter had been released even though it had happened one time before and they had been praying continuously.
No, Rhoda wasn’t crazy, but it sure seems like we are crazy to not believe in the goodness and power of God after all that He has done for us. God is very patient with us and answers our prayers even though we are weak. He knows that our flesh, the influences of the World and Satan wear us down. God is always there to support and encourage us, so let’s keep on praying because amazing miracles do happen.
We have another thing that these Christians didn’t have yet and that is the complete Bible and God still had plans for Peter to write some of it down. Because we have all of these words, we can be especially encouraged as we continue to trust in God.