DAY 3:  Monday, October 3

“(5) So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

“11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” 12 And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is his angel.” 16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed.”  Acts 12:5; 11-16

OBSERVATION: Sometimes God answers prayer in extraordinary ways and we are too busy being “religious” to notice or be bothered to interrupt our routine. As long as God is at the receiving end of our requests we need to never be hesitant to pray “big” prayers and should be neither surprised nor dismissive when He grants our requests.

PRAYER: Father, we ask that we have a spirit of expectation and trust when it comes to knowing Who we’re praying to. You have taken down fortresses, routed an army with a single angelic messenger and created the cosmos in what amounted to mere moments. May we have trust that you will overcome our walls, our problems and offer us protection from anything that would harm us or our children as we ask you to help and defend us from evil.