Acts 12:12–19 (ESV)
Peter Is Rescued (Part 3)
12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl
named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was
so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the
prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.
18 Now when day came, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over
what had become of Peter. 19 And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.
I remember one time I wanted to buy a gift for my wife, I was so excited... I carried it to the register and paid for it and then went home. The problem was that I left it at the register counter. I was so excited that I left it! Call
me Rhoda! That is basically what Rhoda did. She was so excited that Peter, who had been in prison, that when he shows up at the door... she forgets to let him in. Rhoda and the others had been praying and I think their prayer was answered...
maybe quicker than they expected! They all sit around arguing that it must be his angel, meanwhile there is this persistent knock, knock, knock, coming from the door. Wow, can you imagine the joy, the shock, the relief, the unbelief... when they
opened the door and saw Peter. I think what we can take from today’s reading is to never stop praying, but believe. Meanwhile, Herod is having the sentries who guarded Peter in prison, put to death. Peter moves on to teach and preach
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help me to have the trust of Peter and the boldness to keep sharing the Gospel even in the face of persecution. I also pray that I never fail to keep
praying and taking my request to the Lord. I know that you, O Lord, have the power to defeat Herod, or any other person, nation or power, for you are the creator of all things. Guide me O Great Redeemer. Amen.