After killing Brother James, Herod saw that people liked what he did, so he went ahead to arrest Brother Peter.
Brother Luke said:
“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”Acts 12:5 (NKJV).
The question is; why did the brethren doubt Rhoda when she announced that Peter was around? Does it mean they didn’t believe in their own prayers? In fact, they said to Rhoda:
“You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.” Acts 5:12 (NLT).
In other words, although we are praying for his release, going by what happened to Brother James, we are not sure Herod would release him.
The death of James made them to doubt the possibility of having Brother Peter back.
Many people are hopeless, faithless, and doubtful because of past negative incidents.
Let’s assume you prayed and fasted to be employed by a multinational corporation after graduation, but ended up as a primary school teacher. To you, God did not answer your prayer without ascertaining whether God sent you there for a special assignment.
Because of that incident, you no longer believe in miracles. When people talk about miracles you hiss and make a mockery of them. My advice is simple, don’t allow past incidents to destroy your future.
Doubt is the enemy of faith.
Doubt deflates the force of Faith.
Doubt frustrates faith.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not DOUBT in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23 (NKJV).
“Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and HAVING NO DOUBT, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.” Mark 11:23 (TPT).
Any mountain can move if we do not doubt. God is ready to answer us, but we must pray and believe.
Do not allow past “unanswered” prayer to stop you from believing in supernatural intervention.
Most times, we don’t receive because of doubt. Your mouth is praying but your heart does not agree.
Start speaking to whatever looks like a mountain around you. As you speak, believe it’s already done in your heart. Close all doors against doubt. Locate some scriptures and confess them consistently.
To operate by faith, order my book, Wonders of Faith.
Wisdom is justified by her children.
I remain Ifeanyi A. C. Eze.
An ambassador of the Kingdom of God on earth.