“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell. Striking Peter on the side, he woke him up and said, “Quick, get up!” Then the chains fell off his wrists. Get dressed,” the angel told him, “and put on your sandals.” And he did so. “Wrap your cloak around you,” he told him, “and follow me.” So he went out and followed, and he did not know that what took place through the angel was real, but though he was seeing a vision.’” Acts 12:7-8 HCSB
King Herod had just killed James, the brother of John and disciple of Jesus. Since the Jews responded favorably to these actions, he proceeded to have Peter arrested. His intent was to execute him a few days later, right after the Passover. It was the night before he was to be killed when the angel appeared to Peter and woke him up.
You’ll notice that the Scripture says Peter did not know what to make of all this. It was so out of the ordinary. It was either the makings of a fantastic dream or something supernatural. What’s important is that he responded to God’s intervention and followed the angel. “Fishers of men” could learn much from Peter’s response.
In the meantime, the church was praying (Acts 12:5). God’s actions are directly attributed to the prayers that had been offered up on Peter’s behalf. The escape from prison was an answer to prayer. An extraordinary answer to prayer!
“Fishers of men” ought not to be surprised when God orchestrates Divine appointments that seem miraculous. By definition, an encounter with God is going to involve Divine characteristics; some of which we are not going to understand because of our limitations as mere men.
A “fisher of men” is constantly praying about opportunities to share the gospel with people who have not yet connected to Jesus Christ. This is the kind of prayer you can be sure that God will answer with a “yes.” Why? Because the scripture says that God is “not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9)
But, as “fishers of men,” we need to keep our eyes open to God’s supernatural intervention. We can be so quick to rule out a “gospel sharing” encounter just because we didn’t plan it the way it seems to be unfolding.
Begin to view every moment of your life as a platform for God to work. Be prepared to adjust your plans when He interrupts you with an opportunity to share the gospel. It’s easy to rationalize away God’s open doors. But don’t do it! Do like Peter…he didn’t quite understand all that was happening when the angel told him to move but he still responded in obedience.
When the opportunity presents itself, share the gospel. You won’t regret it. As a “fisher of men” you were commissioned by Jesus for this very moment.