Act 12:13-15, 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced … 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
The devout believers earnestly prayed for Peter’s life to be spared and released. And when their prayer was granted; the announcement by the little girl was met with “You are beside yourself! (You are mad)”. And when she insisted that it was Peter’s voice, their alternative explanation, “It is his angel!”
Here was a servant maid who happened to be at a powerful prayer meeting well attended by the disciples and others. And now that which they were praying for had come to pass. With gladness she announced without a doubt that it was Peter at the door. These praying friends of Peter would not believe the maid, though she told them that their prayers were answered. They tried to discourage her but she was firm. This proves that while their faith was very imperfect, their request was still granted. And what a blessing for a little girl like this to learn the power of prayers and what happens when people pray. And when they have a need, they too can pray to God for it. We need to desire and seek some of these moves of God that our children may see and believe in the power of prayers.