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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 2, 2014

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TUESDAY, September 2

Acts 12:16 Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed.

When we turn to God in prayer, we hope for a quick response as well as the thing for which we pray. After all, Jesus told us “Ask and you shall receive.”

But do we truly believe our prayers will be answered? We know God cares for us more than sparrows and lilies, but can we expect divine providence on a daily basis? Surely God is busy with more important things. Or it just may not be our turn for the miracle. And recognizing the effect of our prayers is not always easy.

Such is the case in today’s story from Acts. Peter’s miraculous escape from prison with the help of an angel has elements of both comedy and magic, complete with a biblical version of an invisibility cloak. But the part of the story I connect with is his supporters’ reaction. “While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him” (Acts 12:5), behind locked doors. Yet when Peter arrives at the gate, the maid is too stunned to let him in, and his friends think she is crazy. They cannot comprehend that God has actually answered their prayers.

Pray with faith and fervor, in supplication, thanksgiving, and praise. And when the thing you have prayed for comes knocking at your door, be sure to let it in.

PRAY for the Diocese of Grafton (New South Wales, Australia)

Today the Church remembers The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942.

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39; Job 12:1; 13:3-17, 21-27; Acts 12:1-17; John 8:33-47

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