Acts Devotional, October 24, 2020

Acts Devotional, October 24, 2020

Acts 12:11-17

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Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

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. They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.” Meanwhile Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed. He motioned to them with his hand to be silent, and described for them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he added, “Tell this to James and to the believers.” Then he left and went to another place.

Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
Psalm 34:7

Matthew 18:10

1 Peter 5:13

James 1:1

Reflection Questions

1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?

2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?

3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?

4. When God answered the church’s prayers for Peter and the angel released him, why do you think the gathered
believers had trouble believing that their prayers had been answered? Do you believe that God answers your prayers?

 

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