Read Acts 4:23-37
Peter and John had just been released from prison, and they went back to their friends to tell all that had happened. Understandably so, everyone was upset. They were dismayed by what they felt God was calling them to do and the resistance they were facing.
What did they do? They talked about it, but they prayed. They prayed together as a group, they listened for what God had to say in response. Even when it wasn’t in words. That’s important. We’re bad at listening in our culture today. We can say something over and over again and think someone is getting it, but they’re not.
We can listen and not really hear.
Pretty sure my spouse tells me I do that all the time. Whoops! Time to get better at listening, listening not to respond, but listening to hear, listening to understand and deeply take in what is happening.
That’s what they did that night. Peter and John told all that had happened. The resistance they dealt with, the healing they had performed, yet they didn’t respond yet, not in a big picture way. They didn’t organize a rally, they didn’t move to another country to continue their work in a new place and in a new way. They listened to what God had to say back to them.
“When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the world of God with boldness.”
By listening to God, they learned what they were to do. They were emboldened and strengthened by what God had to say. They didn’t have to speak. They didn’t have to rebut. They didn’t have to make the decision. It was all there for them in their prayer.