About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (Acts 12:1-5)
Herod Agrippa I was a puppet king whom the Romans had appointed to rule the province of Judea. He was not of pure Jewish descent, and was neither godly nor popular.
He was planning, when the great festival was over, to please the people by holding a public trial of Peter.
Read on to find how the prayers for Peter were answered by God who is stronger than iron chains and prison guards.