As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. Acts 12:12-14
Peter realizes that our Lord has orchestrated his freedom from prison so he goes to the believer’s revival. At midnight they are in fervent prayer for Peter. They are praising God for Christ’s actions and miracles. And as Peter knocks on the door. Rhoda is so flustered with joy that she forgets to open the door, runs to tell the believers, and they believe she is mistaken that Peter is at the door.
Very few times have I have witnessed knocking at the door and before opening the door for an ambassador for Christ they’ve run to their friends to exclaim with the announcement, only to have the friends declare them off-balanced. Whether a person or an event change, our prayers are answered by our Lord and we may plainly see His actions in our lives. So then it is time to embrace the visitor at the door to our hearts.
Open the door. Believe that He is powerfully acting in your life all the time and in all circumstances. Yes, at times you will need to have patience and yet if you look very closely with the Holy Spirit’s help you will see Him doing almost unbelievable things for you. Recently a man said to me, “I could write a book, and my friends have encouraged me to do just that, about how our Lord is speaking to me though my life’s events where I could literally see Him changing hearts of others in order to make a way where there was no way for me to go forward for Him.” Alleluia.
Rev. Patricia E. Walker, AlphaChurch.org