About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.Acts 16:25-26 NIV
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten, and wrongly imprisoned.
Plus, they were placed in “stocks,” reserved for the most dangerous prisoners, further restraining their movement.
Honestly, if this happened to me, let’s just say I’d be, um, less than pleasant.
But here are Paul and Silas, peaceful men, praying and praising the Lord. For these ministry partners, it was just another day, another adventure.
Although they had every right to be angry, they chose to call on the Lord rather than curse their circumstances.
And sure enough, their appeals to heaven opened doors and loosed chains … resulting in a whole household hearing the gospel and receiving salvation (see Acts 16:31-34).
Fervent prayer and sincere worship can shift situations and bring freedom to families — affecting future generations and even entire nations!
How incredible is our God?
No matter how dark it is around us or how unfair things feel, the Father responds to the cries of his children.
So keep praying and praising. The people around you are listening. God is always working.
Even if you can’t feel it at first, he will bring breakthrough.
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