Then when [the rulers and council members] had further threatened them, they let them go, not seeing how they could secure a conviction against them because of the people; for everybody was praising and glorifying God for what had occurred.
For the man on whom this sign (miracle) of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
After they were permitted to go, [the apostles] returned to their own [company] and told all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
And when they heard it, lifted their voices together with one united mind to God and said, O Sovereign Lord, You are He Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them,
Who by the mouth of our forefather David, Your servant and child, said through the Holy Spirit, Why did the heathen (Gentiles) become wanton and insolent and rage, and the people imagine and study and plan vain (fruitless) things [that will not succeed]?
The kings of the earth took their stand in array [for attack] and the rulers were assembled and combined together against the Lord and against His Anointed (Christ, the Messiah).
For in this city there actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel,
To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur.
And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly,
While You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus.
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage
God designed the church to be HIS body, that is many members joint together to perform common tasks. Even though a message received from media such as TV, internet etc. will encourage us and builds us up, however His intention for true Christianity was and still is to be part of a church a group of believers, whose main aim is to glorify God and to be used as tools so that together they can reach out the lost world.
One of the most powerful tools God gave to His church is corporate prayer. That is at least two or three coming together in JESUS name. Jesus himself promised that when we are grouped up in prayer in HIS Name, He would be there with us (Mat 18:20). When Jesus is present, we cannot expect anything less than a mighty move in our midst.
The above scripture from Acts is a perfect example of what the Holy Spirit can do through corporate prayer and the same move is available for us today if we come in one accord, totally devoted and expecting things to happen in the areas we lift unto the Lord.
Jesus said in Mat 21:13 – “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ and therefore He is not just suggesting us but commanding us to come together and pray. Once there is a command from the Lord, there is always a promise attached to it and His promise is that He will do all that we request that is in God’s will.
Lack of attendance during prayer time is giving a discouraging sign to the rest of the brethren and most of all to the Lord that we do not believe in the power of corporate prayer. We have to sincerely make a self examination and re-think our priorities. We always have to remember Jesus’ promise which states “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mat 6:33)
Our motive for meeting for prayer should not be to have things added to us but because our delight should be in the Lord and that our main aim is to please HIM in all we do.
The time to correct our lifestyles is today, because God gave us another day, that is another opportunity to become more like His Son Jesus.