For the past two weeks we have been discussing the supernatural peace of God we can live in even during the storms of life. In Acts 12 Peter found himself imprisoned for nothing he had done wrong but due to the fact that someone wanted to kill him because it pleased the religious people, He was about to be martyred the next morning but the church prayed and then we read this: 7 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.
As the body of Christ (the church) prayed, the prayers allowed an angel to be dispatched from heaven to deliver Peter from the prison which his enemies had assigned him. Many times in the Bible we read where people would pray and angels would be dispatched. I’m thankful for the angelic fighting force of heaven that God sends for the defense and deliverance of His children. Abraham prayed and an angel led Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus prayed in the garden and angels came down and minister to him.
Jacob had a dream in Gen 28:12 and we read; And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. This shows the activity in the heavenly realms, angels coming and going from this people planet but it’s all activated by believing prayers of the saints of God. I’ve always believed in angels even though I have never physically seen one but I’m thankful for so many who have literally seen the angels especially recently in our family church services. More than one person has seen four angels whom I believe have been assigned to The Bridge Family. The heavens are open and the river is flowing. God’s presence is so powerful! I believe every church has angels assigned to help each body fulfill the Kingdom purpose of each local body but they are activated by prayer.
An angel showed up in the prison where Peter was being guarded; the devil cannot construct a prison which keeps God out. God got in the fiery furnace, God got in the den of lions, God got in the tomb of Lazarus, God got in the tomb of Jesus and Father God can do the same for you.
The angel got in the well guarded, well secured prison and found Peter sleeping and had to hit Peter on the side and even help raise him up. I love picturing this, Peter in a peaceful sleep and felt someone tugging on him and finally helped him up and when he got up, the shackles fell off of him. Friend, the first step in getting out of your prison is getting up.
Sometimes (not in Peter’s case) when we are caught in the middle of the storm and the waves are splashing and the wind is howling louder than God’s voice, that you are trying to hear, it’s easy to stay down or stay under the circumstance but you must get up. We are made to trample on the demonic forces of hell not for hell to trounce on us. Listen carefully, many times the storm comes when you are by yourself and there is no one to pick you up, it’s then that you must pick yourself up. Change your atmosphere by charging the atmosphere with the Word of God and the power of Praise & Worship. When you feel the least like reading the word and praising Father God is when you need to do it the most.
Paul and Silas at midnight prayed and sang praises in the prison and God sent an earthquake to swing open every prison door and to destroy the foundation of the prison ensuring it would never imprison them again. There would have been no earthquake except for the fact that Paul and Silas got up.
So Peter gets up and then we read in verse 8 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. Let me explain this verse, the angels said, “Get your clothes on, we are getting out of here and put your coat on also”. Friends, sometimes we are just not ready to get out of our pouting prison because we like the attention our prison brings to us. It’s time we get sick and tired of being sick and tired and begin to walk in the deliverance God has promised us and sent to us.
What a sight! Peter bound but yet sleeping between soldiers and sleeping so soundly, he has to be awakened and told to get dressed. Can you imagine the thoughts Peter was thinking? Is this real? Go back to sleep, it’s just a dream? Regardless of what he was thinking God had shown up and listen my friend He is showing up for you in your storm also. Your best is here, revival is exploding, believe it now!
Prayer Points: Father never allow me to live in the prison of doubt and unbelief, but remind me to get up in faith so You can get me out of this prison I’ve been living in.