Peter finally came to his senses [after the angel released him from prison]. "It's really true!" he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!"
When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.
— Acts 12:11-12 NLT
Let me make three simple observations for these verses:
- Peter knew that Herod planned to execute him, as he had done to James the brother of John..
- Peter "came to his senses" and realized that God had truly delivered him from Herod's grasp through the work of the angel and as an answer to the prayers of other believers.
- Peter knew where to go to find the people who were praying for his deliverance: Mary's house, "where many were gathered for prayer"!
Our houses can be described in many ways — beautiful, expensive, simple, craftsman, colonial, modern, etc. Shouldn't we strive for our homes to be known like Mary's home was known? I want my home to be known as a place where believers gather to pray big prayers, even seemingly impossible prayers, to God!
O Father, may my home be known as a place of prayer. May my family be a family where believers feel welcomed and wanted. May our friends join us as we cry out to you. Our heart desires that your Kingdom come and that your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.