It was when the Jews “saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John” that they realized “they had been with Jesus.” They warned them sternly in verse 18 “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
However, the apostles replied, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Though the court threatened them further, “they let them go” because of the people.
When they were released, Peter and John went back to the church and “reported” all that had happened. What did they do next? They didn’t file a lawsuit complaining about the violation of their freedom of speech. They didn’t call a press conference. They didn’t consider themselves victims. THEY PRAYED!
If the early church was persecuted, they prayed. If they were challenged, they prayed. They had something we have lost; the instinctive response to any situation was to pray.
They (verse 24) “lifted up their voice to God with one accord.” Sounds noisy! Sounds wonderful! Let’s read this brief synopsis of their prayer in verses 24-30. What did they pray for? “Boldness” in speaking the word and “signs and wonders” from the Lord.
I am convicted by my lack of prayer on these issues. God can take care of any issue or problem better than me… if… I live under the power and control of the Holy Spirit.