If we pray for something, should we be surprised when it’s answered?


When this had dawned on him, he 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, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Acts 12:12-16
            In Acts, the apostle Paul was in jail, then God released him by allowing him to walk right out without anyone stopping him.  When he arrived at the place where people were praying for him, they were shocked and didn’t believe he was standing at their door.  But they were praying, right?  Why were they surprised that God answered their prayer?
            God answers our prayers in astounding ways.  The people praying expected a trial or some lesser sentence, not Peter walking right out of a maximum security prison.  They were probably surprised by how quickly he was released.  Don’t be surprised that God answers your prayers.  Be astonished by how he answers it.