Peter was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. The Jews were thrilled that Herod had killed James. This gave Herod great incentive to seek out Peter and imprison him.
It’s hard to believe it took four squads of soldiers to keep Peter bound in prison. Something tells me; Herod knew of the miracles that had been performed by the disciples of Christ. He wasn’t taking any chances that Peter might escape.
Peter was put in prison during the Days of Unleavened Bread and was to be kept there until Passover was completed. Verse 5 declares; “Constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”
Four squads of soldiers could not stop God then and four squads of soldiers cannot stop God now. If God says you are going to be released from whatever chains have you bound; no earthly power can keep you bound. You are destined for release from any earthly chains to which you may find yourself bound.
God released Peter from his imprisonment, due to the fervent, effectual prayers that availed much on his behalf. At the right time, when Herod was about to bring Peter out, God sent an angel to awaken Peter. After Peter was told to arise quickly; Peter’s chains fell off his hands.
The Bible promises the fervent, effectual prayers of righteous man avail much. Jesus came into this world to seek and to save the lost, those who are bound by addictions, bad habits and the patterns of this world. There is nothing God wants more than for you to released from what tries to keep you bound.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, may I stay in constant prayer for those you have given me. Thank You that prayer brings freedom and release from the things that bind us in this world. Thank you Lord for providing freedom from the chains that would keep us bound. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen