Today we have been praying for God to do something that could require some “special forces” to be at work on our behalf…when I read this –
That’s when King Herod got it into his head to go after some of the church members. He murdered James, John’s brother. When he saw how much it raised his popularity ratings with the Jews, he arrested Peter – all this during Passover Week, mind you – and had him thrown in jail, putting four squads of four soldiers each to guard him. He was planning a public lynching after Passover. All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously.
Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances! Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: “Hurry!” The handcuffs fell off his wrists. The angel said, “Get dressed. Put on your shoes.” Peter did it. Then, “Grab your coat and let’s get out of here.” Peter followed him, but didn’t believe it was really an angel – he thought he was dreaming. Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze.
At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way. That’s when Peter realized it was no dream. “I can’t believe it – this really happened! The Master sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s vicious little production and the spectacle the Jewish mob was looking forward to.”
Wow! How exciting it must have been to live during that time in church history. Sleeping peacefully while in jail awaiting your own execution (oh my!), angels appearing giving you a personal escort, slipping past wide eyed guards and gates opening all by themselves.(before the advent of electric ones!)
I want to be a Christian on the cutting edge of the supernataural….experiencing perfect peace & trust in God, being visited by angels and a life that includes Gods miraculous powers at work. Don’t you?