By Paul Green.

“One of these, the Book of Acts, describes how the Apostles of the newly established church acted, how they prayed and how God responded, in regard to human government:”

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them,

Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.”

So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people

So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said:

“Lord, You [are] God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.’ For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together…”

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.  – Acts 4:18

“The truth is, this kind of public prayer would never be heard in most churches today. Instead, leaders would cower and plead for permission to meet in private, while reminding members to honour the powers that be.”