After arresting him (Peter), he (King Herod) put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
There have been many times in my life when I felt compelled to pray for someone. I believe that is how these early Christians felt too after hearing that Peter had been arrested. King Herod already had James put to death and they knew Peter would be next. They also knew that God was the only way to free Peter. And you know what? Prayer worked. In the next verses in Acts Chapter 12, we’re told that an angel of the Lord appeared and committed a jailbreak! Peter was free. King Herod was not happy. However, God was more unhappy with King Herod and the victory was ultimately His when an angel of the Lord struck him down.
We’re told all throughout Scripture to pray to God. Paul specifically urges us to:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We need to start praying and never stop. I used to think that this was impossible but the further I go in my faith journey the more I realize how easy it is to constantly communicate with God throughout my day. The last words I pray to God at night is for Him to replenish and renew my mind as I sleep. The first thing I pray in the morning is to thank God for seeing us safely through the night. It is amazing the calm and peace that can enter into your life when you keep Christ as the center of your focus throughout your day. In closing, I want to share with you a verse I often repeat to myself throughout the day – every day:
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11