Please read this account in Acts 12.
Herod the King had killed James and thrown Peter in prison. Things looked bleak for the newly formed church. The body of believers were neither militarily nor politically strong but they had a weapon in their arsenal whose power was immeasurable: they prayed.
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12.5)
Outwardly, the struggle continued from a worldly point-of-view, but on a spiritual plane, the battle was over, the war was already won.
God sent an angel,
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. (Acts 12.7)
Peter walked out of the prison and presented himself to astonished friends. An angry Herod, however, executed Peter’s former guards “…and [Herod] went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.” (Acts 12.9b)
While in Caesarea, Herod received (accepted, trusted in) the praises of visitors who called him a god. The result?
Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12.23)
…But the word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12.24)
Below, are two pictures.
The first are the remains of Herod’s swimming pool at his Caesarean palace.
The second was taken inside the Garden Tomb where Jesus was raised from the dead.
The first is a reminder of death – ruins representing the life of one who thought he was a god.
The second is a reminder of life representing the resurrection power of the One who IS God.
With prayer we touch God. With prayer chains are broken and we are set free. With prayer seas part and the way is made clear. With prayer there is healing of spirit, soul and body. All this through the love and power of the God we serve; the God through whom all things are possible (Matthew 19.26).
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3.20-21)