When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
by: Gabriela Alonzo.
It is important to pray specifically. This group began their prayer by acknowledging God—who He is, and His power as the Creator. Then in verse 26, they recalled the prophecy spoken through King David of Jesus’ Crucifixion (see Psalm 2:1-2). They used this scripture to refer to the persecution they were currently facing in Jerusalem, acknowledging God’s purpose and predestination of Jesus’ sacrifice. Then they called on God to see their present situation, asking for the ability to speak the gospel with confidence, trusting in Him to reach out His hand to heal, give signs, and perform wonders in the holy name of Jesus.