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ACTS OF FAITH
by Gary Wilkerson


Once the apostle Peter was miraculously freed from prison (see Acts 12:7-11),
he went to the house of prayer to report the miracle to those who had been
interceding for him. As Peter knocked, the group was still fervently praying
inside. They had no idea how effective their prayers for their brother had
been.

Indeed, Scripture says their prayers were “earnest”—meaning they were
holding on to God and not giving up. This is the kind of prayer Christ calls
His church to. It is persistent and passionate in its desire to see a loved
one, friend or even a city set free.

But an interesting thing happened when these believers learned that their
prayers had been answered: They didn’t believe it! A servant girl told them
Peter was at the gate. “In her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and
reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out
of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying,
‘It is his angel!’” (12:14-15, ESV). Apparently they believed Herod had
already killed him.

God is in the delivering business. He does the impossible with a single word
and when He sets His people free, they are free indeed. But maybe you have
noticed something in your own life that happens when you struggle with a
problem. That is, God opens the first few gates for you—and then leaves the
last one for you to open by faith. He supernaturally opened gates for Peter,
but this last one required the faith and action of the man.

Why does the Lord do this? He knows that even with our most fervent prayers, we
may still have a tiny corner of unbelief in our hearts. Yes, God is sovereign in
His power but He wants His bride to be involved in His acts of redemption. Every
genuine move of God throughout history has required men and women to stand up
and say, “I want to be counted. I might be weak or shy, but God honors those
who act in faith.”

Yes, it all begins with prayer. Fervent, effectual prayer moves God to open
iron gates and set captives free. Peter’s story makes that clear. But this
scene also shows that if we don’t act in faith to open that last gate, some
captives will remain standing outside. So here is the last part of fervent
prayer: faithful action.
 

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Comment by Miss Kitty on January 21, 2014 at 8:51am

OH!!!!!! HOW I NEEDED THIS AS I HEAL FROM THE "CRUD!". YES, IT'ALWAYS THAT LAST GATE. ALL WE NEED IS THE FAITH OF ONE TINY MUSTARD SEED!!!! GLORY TO GOD FOR THAT TINY MUSTARD SEED OF FAITH!!!!!! WHEN WE ARE SO TIRED, CAST DOWN, JUST PLAIN SHOT!!!!! ALL WE NEED DO IS REACH DOWN AND GO FISHING FOR IT CAUSE IT IS RIGHT THERE, ALL WE GOTTA DO IS USE IT!!! CRYING OUT FATHER! HERE IT IS!!! I'VE GOT IT!!!!!! AND THAT COMES FLYING OPEN, LIKE THE WALLS OF JERICO CAME TUMBLING DOWN!!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!! BE BLESSED TAMMY, BE BLESSED!!!! LOVE YOU!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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