Touched by Heaven-1

Acts 12:7 “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands.”
I remember in my early life watching a TV series titled “Touched by an Angel”. It was one beautiful show I hated to miss. It was full of thrills and revealed the ministry of angels even in our lives today.
The angelic ministry is one which most people seem to have relegated to the back ground, but which over and over in the New Testament we see the effectiveness of these Beings in the lives of the Apostles and other believers.
Beloved, the angelic ministry is still very much alive and active. We only need to be aware of it to enjoy its enormous benefits. Angels are described as ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14).
However, the focus of this piece is mainly on what I call the touch of heaven.
In our focal scripture, the great Apostle Peter was arrested by Herod and imprisoned to be killed. 
Acts 12:4 “And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”
He was kept behind four great gates, each gate having four soldiers, a total of sixteen soldiers in all. To make matters worse, he was chained in between two soldiers as well. The situation was pathetic and hopeless for Peter. But then, the brethren did something that will always bring the attention of heaven into our situation, they prayed continuously!
Acts 12:5 “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”
Acts 12:5 “While Peter was being kept in jail, the church never stopped praying to God for him.”(CEV)
The prayers of the saint provoked a response from heaven, and in this case, an angel was sent to touch Peter.
To be continued…
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