It was dusk so the three of them decided to go directly to Mark's house for the meeting. On the way, Manaheem sensed that someone was following them, but when he turned to check, he saw no-one.
That night at the next meeting:
As they gathered, each one went to Mary, the mother of James, and John, his brother, and tried to comfort them as best they could. Then Peter stood up and lead the group in prayer, first for the family of James and then for protection from further violence. Then Peter brought to their attention the words of Jesus about his preparing a better place for them. As he was speaking, suddenly the door burst open and in came a group of soldiers led by Herod Agrippa himself.
"So this one is the real leader, eh?" shouted Agrippa, pointing to Peter. “Seize him, boys!"
The soldiers marched right up to Peter, grabbed him and took him out.
“I knew I sensed someone following us." moaned Manaheem.
"Well, too late now." ventured John. "Nothing to do now but pray."
"But perhaps" suggested Manaheem, "we should change our location in case they come back for more of us."
"Excellent idea," agreed John. "We can use my mother's house--if that's alright with you, Mom." He looked at his mother who nodded through her tears.
They moved to the house of Mary, the mother of John and James, where the rest of the night was spent in prayer. In the morning, Rhoda, the maid came to do her usual service and found them in prayer.
"Oh, Rhoda," Mary explained, "we had a tragic occurrence--my son James has been killed and Peter has been arrested. We are spending the time in prayer. You're welcome to join us."
So Rhoda joined the group. They prayed the whole day.
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