About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25 BSB)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: HOPE AND FAITHFULNESS
As a believer in Jesus, you represent the Gospel everywhere you go by your actions. Scripture talks about how especially trying times will both prove and strengthen your faith as you stand firm. In this passage, Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison. At the darkest hour of the night, instead of surrender to defeat, they chose to worship.
When you choose to praise God in the middle of your storm, you can be sure, as this passage demonstrates, that people are listening. Many are also prisoners of difficult circumstance and they are in desperate need of hope and freedom. You can help bring them liberty through your prayers and proclaiming the Gospel with words, but there is something uniquely powerful in a testimony. In fact, your testimony can open the door for prayer and the Word to a heart that would otherwise be closed off.
My prayer for you today is that you would fearlessly share what God has done and is currently doing in your life. May you fight the good fight of faith and stand on the fact that He is good all the time; full of mercy, compassion, and love for you. May you choose to press into the Father and praise Him even when everything looks bleak and feels miserable. It is in those moments that you give God the opportunity to shake the earth, open prison doors, and release shackles for you and all those around you.
Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose… Calling for lights, the jailer rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:26, 29-30 BSB)
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