King Herod got a little excited that the Jews got a little excited when “he had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword” (Acts 12:2 NIV), so he proceeded to seize Peter also.
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5 NIV).
And then something miraculous happened. An angel of the Lord showed up and released Peter from his chains and walked him through the guards, unaware, and out into the street.
“Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating” (Acts 12:11 NIV).
The power of prayer is amazing!