In this chapter I kept going back to verse 5: “While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.”
Would God have gotten Peter out of prison even if they had not been praying? We don’t know, of course. We don’t know how prayer works, or what it even means when we say it “works.”
Peter was part of a growing and faithful community. Together they prayed, the way we pray today for people who are part of our community. We don’t know what God will do with our intentions, but the act of praying bonds us with each other and with the people we pray for. In this sense it could be said that just the act of praying, in itself, “works.”
Although the people in Mary’s house had been praying, when Peter appeared at the gate they were amazed. Of course they were; their prayers had been answered in the most direct way! This has been a part of our experience through the centuries - we pray faithfully, not knowing what God’s plan is. And thankfully, amazement is still part of the story between us and God.
What amazes you?