Praying for Those Held Captive

Peter was held in prison and had no way of escape. Shackles may have held him hostage, but the prayers of God’s people would set him free.

Before we come to know Christ, we are all held captive to our sin and our selves. We have no hope of being set free apart from Jesus. But the Bible says Jesus sets the captives free…that He makes us a new creation in Christ. And whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

If you’re a Christian, you know the freedom that you’ve experienced because Jesus has come into your life and has set you free to live a life that honors Him.

I’m sure someone was praying for you, sweet friend. I know someone was praying for me.

The shackles of sin may hold them hostage, but your prayers could set them free.

Pray on, sweet friend! Their freedom may just be a prayer a way.

“1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” 12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another place.” Acts 12:1-17 (ESV)

Who are you praying for today? Who do you long to show up at your door and tell you they have been set free?


  1. Ooo…several names on that door-knocking list. Wonderful post, Stephanie!

  2. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, Lynn! Oh yes! Several names! 🙂 Love ya, friend!

  3. I stopped by for a visit from M.O.M. and enjoyed my visit. I’ll have to try to stop back again sometime to read some more.

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