Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. – Acts 12:6
Peter was arrested for the sake of Christ and sentenced to be executed. The situation looks dire. Typically, a prisoner was bound to one soldier, the prisoner’s right wrist to the soldier’s left, but in this instance, Peter was bound at both wrists to two soldiers. And not only that, but there were sentries guarding the door also. Peter’s done for. Now, it’s just a matter of time before he’s beheaded or worse.
Or is it? It was God’s plan that Peter would do more work on this earth, so the Lord miraculously saved him from his chains.
In the meantime, Christians were gathered together praying for him on the eve of his execution, and when he showed up, they didn’t believe it! The girl who heard his voice ran excitedly back to the group, leaving him outside!
When we read these words, what should it do for our souls? It should remind us that just as God is capable to move mountains, He is capable of causing guards to fall asleep and loosening chains. Do we believe that? Or are we like those who were praying but couldn’t believe that God actually said yes to something so “improbable”? Pray with faith, not assuming that God will do what you ask–for what we ask for isn’t always right–but believing that He can do whatever He pleases.
God, help us to grow in our trust of You.