Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12:5)
- Peter was kept in prison. He was bound with two chains between two soldiers, while other soldiers guarded the door. King Herod had already executed James, one of Jesus’ closest followers. He had the same fate in store for Peter. Peter’s chance of getting out of this situation alive is next to none.
- But God was with Peter. God is in control and nothing is too difficult for Him to do. Peter rested in the providence of God. He did not panic; he was ready to die. He prayed and went to sleep.
- Peter‘s miraculous deliverance. An angel was sent to rescue Peter from prison. Peter's chains fell off, and he followed the angel out of prison, thinking it was a vision. The prison doors opened of their own accord, and the angel led Peter into the city. When the angel suddenly left him, Peter came to himself and returned to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where they were praying for him.
- Peter’s jailbreak surprised his praying friends. Peter knocked at the outside door. A servant girl called Rhoda came to answer it. Rhoda was so excited that she didn't even let Peter in, but ran into the prayer meeting shouting and announcing to the crowd that Peter was at the door. It was a joyful and tearful reunion for them.
- God often surprises us. God can and do operate outside the odds. Nothing is too hard for Him. Amazing things happen when He takes charge of our lives!