Prayer seldom is answered where, why, when, or how we think it will be. Our job is to pray, hang on through the situation, recognize the answers when they come, and move forward into obedience. Have you ever been in a hopeless situation? We pray but it seems that God isn’t responding.
That’s where Peter was. In Acts 12: 1-5, Herod beheaded James and arrested Peter. People prayed but Peter was still in prison. Herod intended to bring him to trial after the Passover.
But people kept on praying in a hopeless situation.
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. (Acts 12:7)
“Put on your clothes and sandals.” Peter followed him out of the prison, but he thought he was seeing a vision.
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
Nobody believed it was Peter at the door of Mary’s house. “You’re out of your mind,” they told the maid. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
Peter kept on knocking, and when they him, they were astonished. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place. (Acts 12: 12-17)
And in verse 24 we read this. But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.