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Acts 12:11 (NKJV)

And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now
I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel,
and has delivered me from the hand of Herod
and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”


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Acts 12:11 is a Bible verse in the New Testament where Peter realizes he has been rescued from prison by the angel of the Lord.

The entire chapter of Acts 12 is a fascinating story that includes harassment and persecution of the church from evil King Herod, Peter’s famous rescue from prison by an angel, and ends with God’s justice being done.

King Herod was an evil man and violent toward the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword (Acts 12:2). And when he saw that it pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter and planned to bring him before the people after Passover.

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But the church offered up continual prayer for Peter, and God answered in a miraculous way.

 Acts 12:6-11
“And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”

Do you need a miracle in your life? Is there something you have a great desire for, been praying for, working, waiting, or searching for? Are you deathly afraid of what might come? Don’t lose heart and don’t give up.

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Things looked very dire for Peter. If he had stayed in that prison, most likely King Herod would have tortured him or shamed him before the people and then killed him like he did James. But God acted.

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What is it you’ve been praying and hoping for…waiting for? What are you afraid of?

It might not look good. It might look like a losing cause. You might not see any way at all. But God…

You might be in prison now. But God…

You might be bound with chains between two soldiers. But God…

You might be sleeping with no hope for tomorrow. But God…

You might not recognize the angel of the Lord when he comes to you. But God…

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The angel of the Lord stands beside us, and shines a light into our prison cell. He raises us up, and the chains fall off our hands. We gird ourselves, put on our shoes and clothes and follow him out, past the first and second guard posts, and then we come to the iron gate, and it opens of its own accord.

We’re free. We’re free. Hallelujah! We’re FREE!

Someone is praying for you. Someone is waiting for you. You are the answer to somebody’s prayer. Don’t give up.

Keep praying. Keep believing.

Stay true. True to yourself and true to God.

He’s got you. He will reward your faith. Study the Bible verse of Acts 12:11 to know and believe in a miracle from God.

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