Lou Lotz

READ : Acts 12:1-17

While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. (v. 5)

What a delicious irony. Peter is in jail, wrapped in chains, and the church is praying fervently for him. But when the prayers are answered and Peter is released, the very people who prayed for the miracle refuse to believe it. When Rhoda the maid interrupts the prayer meeting to announce that Peter is standing at the gate, nobody believes her. “You must be crazy,” they insist.

You’d think that Christians, of all people, would expect God to answer prayer. But not so. I remember my grandfather telling me the story of that terrible drought in the 1930s when all the townsfolk assembled on a hillside to pray for rain. The local clergy, the town council, church members young and old, they were all down on their knees on the brown grass, praying for rain. And not one person brought an umbrella.

Do you bring your umbrella when you pray? “Whatever you ask for in prayer,” said Jesus, “believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). What is the greatest concern you are facing in your life? What is it that has you wrapped up in chains? What sort of chains do you need to see fall off? Whatever it is, pray about it – and bring your umbrella.


Increase my trust in you, O God.