Herod was a murderous jerk who had some real insecurity issues. However, he wasn't stupid. After persecuting and killing some of the Christians that lived in Jerusalem, he realized that it pleased the Jewish leadership. Keeping the people happy is always a good thing, so he went a little farther and arrested Peter. I know that it says he was going to be tried before the people, but his verdict was already set - death.
So what did the church do?
Pray. They church didn't protest or write their congressman, they didn't boycott someone's business. They prayed. Now I am not against any of those actions, they serve us well in the right time and place. But they cannot take the place of prayer.
What did the church not do?
Runaway. Cower and hide. Give up and quit. It would seem reasonable that Herod's motive was clear. We're going to have a funeral for Peter soon. But the church didn't give into that thought.
What are you facing today? A boss that wants to fire you? A spouse that wants to divorce you? A financial situation that is demanding your bankruptcy? While all these issues are real, remember that your God is real too. Don't run away from your problems, pray about them. Don't give up hope. Demand a greater faith in yourself that will meet the need.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to be still and know that You are God. AMEN!