Kids Lesson: Peter Escaped From Prison (Acts 12)
Peter Escaped From Prison (Acts 12)
God heard the prayers of the people. He had a plan for Peter, and He helped him escape from prison. Peter knew he might die because he believed in Jesus, but he wanted to share the good news about Jesus no matter what.
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Bible Story - Peter Escaped From Prison
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King Herod was mean to believers in the church. He hurt some of them, and he put Peter in prison. The king told groups of soldiers to stand guard at the prison so Peter could not escape. While Peter was in prison, other believers in the church prayed and asked God to help him. That night, Peter was sleeping in the prison. There was a guard on his left and a guard on his right. He was tied up with chains. All of a sudden, an angel appeared and a bright light shone in the prison. The angel woke up Peter. “Quick, get up!” the angel said. The chains fell off of Peter’s wrists. He put on his shoes and his coat, and he followed the angel. The angel led Peter out of the prison. He walked past the guards. The gate opened for them, and they walked out onto the street. Then the angel left. Peter looked around. The Lord had rescued him! Peter hurried to a house where other believers were praying. When Peter knocked at the door, a servant named Rhoda answered. She heard Peter’s voice and she was so happy she ran back inside without letting Peter in. “Peter is here!” she said. “He is at the door!” No one believed her. “You’re crazy!” they said. But Peter kept knocking, so they opened the door and welcomed him in. Peter told them how the Lord had rescued him from prison.
Christ Connection: God heard the prayers of the people. He had a plan for Peter, and He helped him escape from prison. Peter knew he might die because he believed in Jesus, but he wanted to share the good news about Jesus no matter what.
Bible Story Summary
Peter was in prison.
Believers in the church prayed for Peter.
God rescued Peter from prison by sending an angel to free him.
Peter told the believers how God rescued him.
How would you have felt if you were Peter?
Do you think you would have stopped to let Peter in the door unlike Rhoda?
Do you think you would have believed Rhoda that Peter was free?
Why does God hear our prayers?
- Identify someone your family knows who has a great need. Pray for the situation daily as a family, asking God to help.
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Sing The Story
- Lead children in singing the lyrics below to the tune of “London Bridge.” Make up motions as you go. “ Peter was asleep in jail, sleep in jail, sleep in jail. Peter was asleep in jail. People prayed. Peter’s friends asked God to help, God to help, God to help. Peter’s friends asked God to help. An angel came. Angel said, ‘Pete, get up quick! Get up quick! Get up quick!’ Angel said, ‘Pete, get up quick! Gates swung open. Peter hurried to the house, to the house, to the house. Peter hurried to the house. Knock, knock, knock. Rhoda opened up the door, up the door, up the door. Rhoda opened up the door. It was Peter. Peter said, ‘God rescued me! Rescued me! Rescued me!’ Peter said, ‘God rescued me!’ Thank You, God!”
- Say: God heard the prayers of the people. He had a plan for Peter, and God rescued Peter from prison. Peter knew he might die because he believed in Jesus, but he wanted to share the good news about Jesus no matter what.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Acts 12. Ask the following questions:
Why was Peter arrested? (Herod was persecuting Christians; Acts 12:1-4)
How did the church respond to Peter’s imprisonment? (by praying for him, Acts 12:5)
How did the church respond to Peter’s escape? (with joy and amazement, Acts 12:14-16)
Have you ever been mistreated because of your belief in Jesus? Guide kids to discuss the kinds of mistreatment they may face, such as bullying, teasing, or being excluded from activities.
How do you think we should respond if we are mistreated? Help kids think through appropriate ways to respond to mistreatment. Point them back to the Bible story, reminding them that Peter didn’t try to fight his way out of prison. The church did not try to break Peter out either. They prayed and trusted God.
What are ways God can use our hard times to bless us and glorify Himself? Guide kids to think about the qualities God may develop in us through trials, such as patience, endurance, and compassion for others who are suffering. Help them think about the importance of trusting God’s plans even when life is scary or difficult.
Close with this: God rescued Peter from prison, but not every person will be rescued from hard times. Jesus promised that we would face persecution, and even when God doesn’t rescue us from mistreatment, we can know that His plans are for His glory and our good. He is trustworthy and loves us. That means that no matter what difficult times we may face, God will always use it for good, even when we don’t understand exactly how.
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