19But an angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them out, and said, 20Go ye, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this Life. 21And when they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison-house to have them brought. 22But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they returned, and told, 23saying, The prison-house we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing at the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. 24Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed concerning them whereunto this would grow.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
Maryam and Marziyeh were smuggling three thousand Bibles at night to their apartment when they were met by the Police in traffic. Too late to turn around, the prayed for God's protection and suddenly, a fight broke out to distract the police, allowing them to escape the Police who were previously searching all vehicles.
Nora Lam prayed for God to hide her group from Japanese soldiers as they tried to sneak across the border.
Like when the apostle Peter was led out of jail past four guards who never saw him leaving, Brother Andrew prayed that the Yugoslavian border guards would be blind to his load of Bibles.
Grace Jacob was teaching a group of atheist students, but her class was also attended by two spies who were there to make sure the students didn't learn about God. Grace prayed that God would blind the eyes and ears of the spies, but He did something even more amazing.
Ali is pursued by twenty five armed men, and he was unable to escape from his apartment in time. He prayed for God to hide him. When his pursuers burst into the room where he was standing in plain sight, they did not see him.
Bob Fu is arrested for handing out Christian literature. All that remained was in his bright red backpack, which was sitting obviously on a table in the interrogation room. Bob prayed that God would keep the police from finding the literature, and He did, almost comically.
Xiqui Fu handed his wife an all important book containing all the contact information of the brethren of the underground church, just before his arrest by the police who searched every nook and cranny of their home hoping to find something incriminating. But God blinded their eyes, as Heidi held onto the book, while their home was ransacked and yet, no one but her husband saw the book she held.
This story has inspired so many others to trust God in difficult situations, that it is referred to as the "Smuggler's Prayer." Like when the apostle Peter was led out of jail past four guards who never saw him leaving, Brother Andrew prayed that the Yugoslavian border guards would be blind to his load of Bibles.
The KGB were well aware of what Brother Andrew was doing, which he found out after perestroika and the reunification of East and West Germany. It became obvious that Brother Andrew was not a clever smuggler or spy. Instead it was clear that God intervened time and time again to hide his activities from the KGB.
Brother David, taking Bibles into China, prayed the same prayer as Brother Andrew had prayed when taking Bibles into Communist Europe, "Lord, make seeing eyes blind."
John, a Chinese student believer, had complete peace that God would hide his Bibles from the authorities, even though they were simply stored under his dorm room bed, a room he shared with others.
The Chinese police were searching Daniel's home for information about the location of his mother, who was recently released from prison. As they lifted a pillow in which letters were hidden, Daniel prayed that the Lord would blind their eyes. God answered his prayer, and in a comical way.
A believer is declared wanted after he miraculously escapes from prison where he was greatly tortured and maltreated. But this brother, stirred by love for his brethren, ignored the risks of getting re-arrested and returned to the same prison to visit and encourage them and was successful for God performed another miracle - he blinded the adversaries.
Hans Kristian is helping refugees to cross the Hungarian/Austrian border, but they have no passports. They pray for God to hide them-in plain sight-from the border guards, which He does on the Hungarian side. But for the Austrian side, God uses something unexpected, something that Hans Kristian was embarrassed about, to open the way.
An Indian orphan girl named Sixfaced suffered beatings from her uncle because she wanted to follow Jesus. When she turned sixteen, she could legally leave him and be on her own. In answer to prayer, God blinded the eyes of the village people while she simply walked to freedom.
Peter, inspired by Brother Andrew's prayer when smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe, asked God to hide his many Bibles from the Cuban customs officer. She looked at them, but apparently didn't see what they were.
A Christian lady who had her entire family wiped out for being Christians, is faced with a decision to flee or die. She finds safety and is granted asylum in the U.S.A after her miraculous escape from four communist minders while on a musical tour.
Eight young missionaries were taking Bibles and literature into Communist Bulgaria. Thinking of Brother Andrew and his prayer to blind the eyes of the border guards, like He did for the Apostle Paul when He led him out of jail, they wondered how God was going to get these Bibles through. Never did they imagine that He would do it...using vomit.
Brother Yun impossibly escapes from prison. The escape was so unlikely that the authorities declined to look for him out of denial, hoping to avoid the disgrace they would face. Even his fellow Christians, who were praying for him, couldn't believe it.
God delivered Brother Yun from the Zhengzhou maximum security prison by miraculously healing him and allowing him to simply walk out.
Brother Yun was able to escape from prison through supernatural interventions, similar to those of Peter in Acts 12.
Corrie's Bible looked set to get confiscated when she arrived the Ravensbruck concentration camp where a thorough search of all prisoners was happening. But in answer to her very unorthodox prayer, Corrie was able to escape with her Bible undetected. And with that Bible, she held clandestine Bible studies that brought hope to many prisoners.
Nana the evangelist was not arrested with the other believers, but he did not try to hide. Every day he brought food to those in prison and he was never stopped or questioned, because it seemed that he was invisible to the authorities, even when they were looking for him!
The Police were manhunting Evangelist Nana, but Nana was not missing, he did not flee, neither was he hiding. But God was hiding him in plain sight; for Nana was in town and was even visiting and comforting other arrested believers. Yet, the they could not see him; he was invisible to them all!