Knock, knock…who’s there? …Peter…Peter who? Peter who you are praying will be released from jail, that’s who.
Prayer without eyes wide open is going to release answers that we will miss, delay or forget about because we don’t recognize prayer has the power to release that which we are praying for. We have houses of prayer, churches that pray, Pastors and leaders that pray, but when the answer comes knocking, those same people that are praying can’t see, can’t hear, and many don’t believe their prayers are being answered. For some it is as though prayer has become another program that we do, even if we do it 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Prayer is not a program, it is a connection with a king, it is an access point to an answer, it is an invitation into revelation. The church is praying, but most are not believing, because the answer is knocking on the door, sitting in the pew, or speaking on Facebook, but the church doesn’t believe it.
Acts 12:12-16a “Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking…”
Having lived in Malaysia for 9 years, I can picture this scene. Houses in Malaysia have gates to outer courtyards, then there is the house with the door to the house. They typically do not have door bells as many Westerners are accustomed to, so the people at the gate, either call with their voice to announce they are there or they grab a rock off the ground and tap the gate, therefore, the one in the house knows someone is at the gate. Then they usually, send out the house maid, to answer or check to see who is at the gate. When Rhoda heard someone at the gate she went out to check and it was Peter, but the church inside was praying and didn’t believe her. This scene is very common in Malaysia.
The reality of this story is very relevant for our generation. The Lord has released Peters (apostles) from prisons, from hiding, from the secret places and they are knocking on church doors, sitting in church sanctuaries, and but the church doesn’t believe their prayers are being answered for help from heaven. It is like we love praying more than we love the answer to prayer God sends, because it may not be in the package, gender, color, or style we are wanting. Unfortunately, the church in their unbelief keep praying, but God continues to press through the servants in the house saying, the Peter’s (apostles) are at the door. Your prayers are answered.
Apostles, prophets and others that know they have been sent by God to a church, a ministry or a city, must exercise great patience, for God sent them there to help, but the help has been rejected, not because they are rejecting you, but because of their unbelief. You see, unbelief blinds us to the truth that is knocking on the door, standing at the gate, coming through a servant who we think doesn’t know anything. Unbelief is subtle, but dangerous. This is why Jesus said to church people, repent for the kingdom of heaven is here. They were praying for Messiah to come and now He was there, but they could not see Him, hear Him, accept Him, because they were praying but in unbelief.
In Revelation 3 we hear the words of Jesus saying, behold I stand at the door and knock, many have taught this as an evangelistic message, but it is a message to the church, Jesus, Peters, people are standing at the door and knocking, they are coming as an answer to your prayers, but you must open the door and let them in. They are God’s answers to your prayers. Now my prayer is that the unbelief will be replaced with faith, that blindness will bow to sight and that deafness will be broken by the sound of salvation that is being released in this generation. Can you hear it…knock knock.