More Persecution (12:1-6). After seeing James’ execution pleased the Jews, Herod arrested Peter, planning to execute him as well. However, the church was constantly praying for Peter.
Peter Set Free From Prison (12:7-19). Answering the church’s prayer, the Lord rescues Peter from prison. Yet it takes persistence to convince those praying for him that he is alive.
The Death of Herod (12:20-25). Unable to locate Peter, Herod commands that the guards be led away to execution. Shortly thereafter, an angel of the Lord struck Herod down because he did not give glory to God by allowing people to worship him. But the word of God kept on increasing and multiplying.
Practical Lessons: (1) For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. (2) We must give glory to God. (3) Even in the midst of adversity, the message of God is able to spread and multiply.