Acts 12:5-16 - Prison Prayer Release
Peter was in prison, but the church was praying to God fervently and persistently. On the same night Herod was going to bring him forth, Peter was sleeping chained between two soldiers with watchman outside the door guarding the prison. Suddenly, an angel was standing beside Him, and a light shone where he was and shook him awake and got him up saying, "Hurry!" as the chains fell off of his hands.
And the angel said, "Tighten your belt and fasten your sandals, wrap up your garment around you, and follow me." And Peter did all that he was told, following the angel out of the prison, thinking that maybe this was just a vision.
They passed both guards and came to the gate that leads out of the city. It swung open all on its own, and they passed through it. After one street, the angel left him.
Then Peter came to his senses and said, "That was real and not a vision! The Lord sent His angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod and all the Jewish people."
In this full awareness, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark. There were a large number assembled together and were praying there. When he knocked on the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so filled with joy, she forgot to open the gate, but ran and told the people that Peter was there.
The people there thought she was crazy and said so. But she strongly affirmed that it was true. But they thought it must be Peter's angel.
Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking outside, and they opened the gate and were astonished to see Peter standing there in the flesh!
Pray with my Kingdom Community today for the release of Saeed Abedini.
(We did it yesterday afternoon!)