Things were heating up for the apostles as they went about spreading the message of their risen Lord. People were responding to the message and being converted and this was disturbing to King Herod so he started to persecute the leadership of the movement, hoping this would instill fear in the disciples and shut down the church.
Herod had James the brother of John put to death with the sword and when he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he arrested Peter and put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by sixteen soldiers, so his possibilities of escaping was zero. He intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
The night before his trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards were at the entrance. While all of this was happening, the church was earnestly praying to God on Peter’s behalf.
That same night, an angel appeared in Peter’s cell with a bright light, he woke up Peter and told him to get up and the chains fell off his wrists. The angel instructed him to put on his clothes and sandals, wrap his cloak around him and follow him. Peter followed him out of the prison but he had no idea what the angel was doing or what was really happening, in fact he thought it was a dream. The angel led him through the prison gates and out into the street and disappeared.
Peter then realized that this was not a dream but the Lord had sent the angel to deliver him from prison. He headed for the house church where the saints were praying to tell them what the Lord had done. He knocked on the door and a servant came to answer. When she heard Peter’s voice, she was so excited, she ran back without opening the door and exclaimed “Peter is at the door”.
She was saying to them, the answer to our prayer is at the door but they told her she was out of her mind as it must be his angel for Herod had killed him. However, she kept insisting that it was so. Peter kept knocking and when they eventually opened the door and saw him, they all were astonished.
There are times when God intervenes and surprises us in a big way and we try to tell others about what God is doing and they cannot understand it so they laugh at us and criticize our testimony and declaration of God’s wonder working power. However, in the face of doubt, unbelief and ridicule, we must continue to declare and insist that the answer is at the door even when it seems unlikely.
God’s answer to that prayer you have been praying is here right now and you must go to the door of your heart and open it. I encourage you to open the door of your mind to imagine what God can do in your situation and open your spirit to allow faith to come in.