‘It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them’ (Acts 12:1 NIV).
The book of Romans reveals how Herod persecuted and imprisoned Peter, as he did Satan’s work against God’s people. But when God found Peter in trouble, hearing his cry, He was there to help. As we read the passage, we see that God worked miraculously so that even Peter thought he was dreaming, not realizing God was actually at work, setting him free. Peter was released from his chains and led out of prison by an angel. Such is the Lord’s way, working in the spiritual realm, beyond human sight and understanding, where miracles abound.
While we are not bound by physical chains as Peter, many of us are restricted by bonds of fear, anxiety, doubt, restlessness, apprehension, etc. Like Peter, the Lord is ready and willing to free us from our bondage. He desires us to live a life of real freedom that only comes as we believe His word and our identity in Christ wholeheartedly, walking in the Spirit by faith. Life in the Spirit changes our perspective and leads us to a mighty revelation of God’s power and purpose.
Today, whatever your situation is, do not be dismayed or discouraged for the Lord we serve has not changed. Even though you may not see His spiritual work on your behalf, hold on to Him, and receive your miracle. The key to unfold miracles is to keep praying as Peter and those who loved him did. Diligent, heartfelt prayers to our loving heavenly Father work wonders. Don’t give up!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28 NIV
- Dr. Deepika Emmanuel Sagar