“The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.” – Acts 12:6
Peter was celebrating at a Jewish festival when King Herod had him arrested and imprisoned. He had every reason to be fearful for his life. Days earlier, Herod had ordered the execution of James, another disciple.
Yet the night before Peter was to meet with Herod, he was sleeping soundly. Most people would be up, pacing the floor and trying to come up with the right words to convince an evil man to spare their life.
But not Peter. How was it he was able to sleep so soundly that evening? The answer can be found in Acts 12:5.
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”
You might be tempted to think praying for a friend to have peace before surgery or a job interview doesn’t matter. But it does. Your prayers not only have power; they can bring peace to those who are living in the middle of the unknown.Prayer:
Lord, I pray for [friend’s name] today. I ask for peace as they face [situation]. Give them wisdom and discernment as they need it. Let them feel Your love surrounding them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.