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Expectations in prayer

Acts 12:11-16 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. LESSON - When you pray, do you pray with a spirit of expectation? Do you REALLY expect God to answer your prayer? In this passage of scripture, King Herod had imprisoned Peter in order to win the favor of the Jewish community because of his preaching. Believers had gathered in the home of Mary to pray for Peter’s deliverance. Once the angel had freed Peter, Peter went to the home of Mary to find the Believer’s secluded inside. A little girl reported to the praying Believers that Peter was outside, yet they did NOT believe her because they had no REAL expectation of their prayer being answered. Once they saw Peter for themselves, the Bible records “they were astonished”. Does this describe your prayer life? You have a pressing need in your life and you’re asking God to provide for you, but you have no real expectation of your prayer being answered. Never forget that God has the right to circumvent your will with His, but He always answers prayer if you are in fellowship with Him. Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”


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