Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. Acts 12:5
In The Light and the Glory, the authors mention how the Puritans would fast and pray before an election. Up until thinking about this, I had fallen into the resignation that this country would get what it deserved, and God’s course for her future was pretty much set (I did just finish Revelation). But if that is all I think about the way God works, then I’m missing an important piece, demonstrated in the above verse after that little word ‘but’. Prayer changes things. A country, a group, even an individual who is seeking the Lord’s heart on these things and making requests that may be long shots, finds that God’s heart is in those lost causes. He may just be waiting to hear from you.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14