As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans?’ And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:23-25, 29-31
This passage of scripture is such an example to us today as the modern church. These friends of Peter & John had every reason to be paralyzed by fear following the threats of the religious leaders, yet their first instinct was to pray. There is no assumption on their part that they can get through this trial without a fresh touch from the Holy Spirit, so they all decide to cry out to God.
In times of persecution and challenge, it's so important who we run to, which friends we talk to. We need to choose our friends wisely! After all, is someone really a "friend of your soul" if they sow doubt?
Peter and John went to the right friends! Faith-filled people who could encourage them in who their God is! Friends who could jump straight into prayer!
These friends were actually such high caliber that they "cited precedent" to God! In legal systems a precedent is a rule established in a previous legal case that is persuasive and binding for a court when deciding subsequent cases! They said "God you made heaven and earth, you spoke through the mouth of our father David amidst the trial … now would you do it again! Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence.” What great friends! Fighting the good fight of faith for their friends, Peter and John. May we follow their example and choose wisely those we run to in times of trial and challenge!