We are in a season of miracles.
The problem is I almost missed it. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
In Acts 12, Peter is in jail. He’s guarded heavily. There’s no way out. His friends have gathered to pray in a house not far away.
Suddenly Peter’s chains fall away. The guards have obviously gone blind because he walks right past them. A battered but excited Peter walks to his friends’ house and knocks on the door. A girl answers and she’s so shocked to see him that she shuts the door in his face. She runs to the rest of the group and says, “Peter’s at the front door!”
They keep praying.
“You’ve probably seen a ghost,” they said.
As I read that I laughed out loud. It seems crazy. Number one, they are praying for this very thing. Two, they are willing to believe a ghost is at the door rather than the fact that God has answered their prayers.”
My laugh subsided as I saw my own response — just this past week.
Someone we loved was in need of a miracle. There were obstacles greater than we could imagine. Honestly, when we first learned of the battle I was just sad. Overwhelmed. Not sure of what to do.
It appeared that this miracle, if it came, would take years. So Richard and I closed ourselves in with God and we laid it all out in front of him.
Lord, we need you.
Then the miracles began. Chain-breaking, joy-filling, surprising miracles.
And this is where I realized I was no different than those prayer warriors who loved Peter, who were praying for his freedom, but who failed to recognize when their prayers were answer.
Because this was my response.
I wondered if it would last. I wondered if it was too soon. I wondered if this miracle would hold up under all that comes with healing and restoration. I was almost afraid to celebrate because it felt fragile.
Probably a lot like Peter’s friends. You see, they were so battered by persecution and interrogation and knowing who to trust that the opportunity to celebrate an answered prayer almost slipped right past them.
I felt convicted.
If God is responsible for the miracle in front of you, he can complete the miracle ahead of you.
At that moment, rather than doubting what I couldn’t see, it was an opportunity to praise God for what I could see.
I wasn’t responsible for making this miracle happen. He was just asking me to trust. To do my part.
He was also asking me to celebrate every part of the miracle. Each one. Regardless of what lay ahead.
When we are praying for a miracle — in a marriage, with a job, with a dream, in that child, in ourselves — there will always be more challenges and prayer meetings to come. But let’s not miss the opportunity to praise God for the miracle standing at the door, right there for us to see.
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What miracle are you experiencing right now?
Let’s celebrate together!
If you want to read the story of Peter and the prayer meeting, it’s found in Acts 12:1-17.
If you are waiting for a miracle, I pray this audio will encourage you. “Live as if it is true.”
We don’t always have the words to pray, but this resource gives you 31 prayers to began those conversations with God.