Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 11, 2015

October 11, 2015 “‘Pie-In-The-Face’ Praying”

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” (Acts 12:5)


Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day Everyone!

As you read, meditate, and pray with me today, I would like to encourage you to turn in your Bibles to Acts 12: 1-18 and read the account of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison and discover some other surprising, and sadly amusing realities. Briefly, Peter had been arrested by wicked King Herod, who had already ordered the execution of James, the brother  of John, by the sword. Luke tells us in Acts 12:5, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Luke’s account of the event goes on to tell us how an angel of the Lord came that night and miraculously freed Peter from prison, with nary a guard taking notice until his shackles were loosed and he was gone. All along, Peter thought he was dreaming the whole thing, only coming to realize that he was truly free when he found himself on the outside of the prison a block away. He went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where he believed the others would be gathered (which they were). A servant girl Named Rhoda heard a knock at the door. Without opening the door, she asked who was there. Peter answered, his voice unmistakable. In her excitement, instead of opening the door, Rhoda ran to tell the others gathered there that Peter was at the door. Upon hearing this report, those “devout prayers” said to her, “You’re out of your mind. Rhoda kept insisting it really was Peter so they came to the brilliant conclusion that “It must be his angel. Still Peter kept knocking until finally, they let him in and realized that their prayers had, in fact, been answered and Peter was free.

Do you ever pray like that? Here they were, earnestly praying for Peter’s release, but when that prayer is answered, they didn’t believe it. Earnest prayer is not the same as believing prayer. They prayed without expectation. There is a lesson to be learned here, one that reminds me of something a college professor of mine once said. He said “If you pray and ask God for a cherry pie you better have your mouth open or you might get it all over your face.” God is quite able to answer our earnest, believing praying. He is also quite able to answer our doubtful praying, as we see here. How much better it is to pray with expectation! It demonstrates confidence in God. It increases our faith.  It emboldens our prayer life. Pray earnestly. Pray believing. That’s “pie-in-the face” praying! Let’s pray!

Almighty God; There is nothing beyond your ability. Your grace exceeds our faith. Your love exceeds our passion. Your power exceeds our wildest imaginings. Teach us to pray with believing hearts, for you are a God who hears and answers prayer. In Jesus’ mighty Name we pray. Amen



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