徒 Acts 12:6-11
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 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.8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.11 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.”
We see from these verses how God cares for his people and watches over them when they sleep and wakes them when they are drowsy. There would be not more a wretched state than ours if it were only our prayers that kept God watching over us. We are so weak that we faint and quail; and we need his help most of all when our minds are drawn away and do not seek him.
The more enemies there were, the more wonderful was God’s grace to his servant. It is a great thing that when we have only God’s favour, the deadly hatred of the whole world comes to nothing.