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Unexpected Answered Prayer – Acts 12:15

“You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”

Acts 12:15 NIV

I have always found this verse amusing, maybe in part because I identify with it. Peter was in prison and the church was praying for him. An angel appeared and busted him out of jail. But when Peter showed up at the prayer meeting going on for his release, the folks praying for him are slow to believe their prayers had been answered, instead assuming the worst. How many times am I surprised when God answers my prayers? But why should I be? Didn’t he promise that if I asked appropriately he would respond? Unexpected answered prayer should not be. We should instead be expecting an answer to our prayer.


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2 thoughts on “Unexpected Answered Prayer – Acts 12:15”

  1. Thank you for the post! I too have often wondered how different things would be if our perspectives were changed when it came to what we prayed for. What if, when I prayed, I actually expected God to answer my prayer? What if my norm was: I pray, and I expect God to answer.

    What if, instead of being surprised when my prayers are answered I am surprised when they are not answered. I am not suggesting that I can commission God to answer my prayers the way I want Him to answer them; I am simply saying that I should have more faith when it comes to approaching God in prayer.



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