“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.” Acts 12:5-9 (KJV)
Prayer, in the early Church was not a means for changing the will of God, but the means of getting into the will of God, and doing it. God works and moves when His people pray.
Puritan Preacher Thomas Watson is quoted
“The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.”
Peter’s life lay in the balance; yet he lay peacefully in prison, lying in chains, and bound to a prison guard. He had confidence in the Lord God, and peacefully slept while God was at work delivering him from a cold dark, damp and dank prison. Yet, he slept so soundly the angel needed to smite him on the side to awaken him, and it seems “Raised him up”.
There is no place the child of God can get where God is not there. God was in prison with Peter that day. Why was Peter in prison? For preaching Jesus and Him crucified, buried and resurrected fulfilling the will of God for His life.
Peter was being an obedient servant of the Spirit of God. We must learn to be praying for all those who do the will of God; and pray that we be doing the will of God, and glorifying His name.
Warren Wiersbe has written
“God works when churches pray, and Satan still trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.”
Peter was delivered from prison. When the Church prays, when we who love the Lord Jesus Christ prays, heaven pays attention, people’s lives change, things change, and God is glorified.