The young servant girl awoke with a start at the sound of an abrupt knock on the door. Heart beating wildly, the girl crept silently to the door. Ever since James was killed and Peter was thrown into prison, it seemed that every knock on that door could only bring bad news. Who was next? Rhoda didn’t want to find out, especially in the middle of the night.
“Who…who is it?” Rhoda asked, a tremor in her voice.
“It’s Peter! Let me in!” came the urgent whisper from the other side of the door.
Peter! Rhoda stepped back in surprise. It’s impossible! Peter was in prison, guarded by sixteen soldiers! How could he…?
“Rhoda? Is that you? Please…open the door! It’s me, Peter!” The loud whisper came again.
It was Peter! The others must know! They were praying for him! She had to let them know he was here! So Rhoda left the urgent whispers and knocking behind her and ran to the back room where the believers were praying.
“Peter!” she said breathlessly, awkwardly interrupting a heart-felt petition on behalf of the apostle.
“What is it, Rhoda? Can’t you see we’re praying for Peter? Do you want to join us? If not, then let us…”
“No, Peter is here! He’s at the door!” Rhoda blurted out.
“Rhoda, sweetheart, that’s impossible. You should get some sleep…” a tender-hearted grandmother started to draw her out of the room.
“No, I just heard him at the door!” Rhoda insisted.
“We all know that can’t be Peter,” one of the brothers shook his head. “It must be someone else, or maybe a messenger from Peter. You must have not heard the message right.”
As the believers tried to figure out all the possible theories and explanations on Rhoda’s story, the knocking continued. Finally, someone had a brilliant idea: “Let’s just go open the door and find out.”
So they did, and there–to their utter amazement–was Peter…who was very thankful that they finally opened the door!
Sometimes we pray fervently for God to intervene, to change our lives, to bless us, or deliver us. And sometimes, in all of our frantic praying, we don’t recognize His answer knocking at the door. We are too afraid, too excited, too distracted with our theories of how God might answer…to pause and hear His answer knocking, and open the door.
If you find yourself in this situation—praying, waiting, hoping, but not expecting—then it might be a good idea to start praying that God will open your eyes to His ways; to help you accept His answer when it comes, even if it comes in ways you do not expect. And when you do hear that knocking, pray for courage to open the door to His plans and blessings you could never have imagined.
*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele and sent out on November 5, 2014.