Welcome to Day 9 of the 30-Day Study & Pray Challenge!
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25 (NIV)
Paul and Silas were in jail, singing and praying to God.
Let’s look at Acts 16:16-24 to see how they got there…
There was a slave girl that made a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
The girl was following Paul and his group for many days, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved!”
This finally started troubling Paul and he commanded the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ.
The spirit immediately left her.
When the owners of the slave girl realized they wouldn’t make any more money from her fortune-telling, they dragged them to the authorities, got the crowd on their side, and the authorities had Paul and Silas stripped, beaten, and thrown into prison.
How did that just happen?
Paul and Silas were doing the Lord’s work.
And because of money, they were thrown into prison.
The slave girl’s owners were so upset about the lack of revenue that they overlooked something eternally more valuable.
It was right in front of their faces.
Have you experienced something similar?
So focused on earthly things that you missed godly things?
I know I have.
Now let’s see what happens after Acts 16:25…
Paul and Silas were singing and praying in jail and the other prisoners were listening.
A violent earthquake hit and the doors of the jail flew open.
The guard thought the prisoners escaped, drew his sword, and was going to kill himself.
Paul yelled out, “Don’t harm yourself! We’re are all here!”
Paul wasn’t so focused on earthly things, and as a result, the guard and his whole family believed in Jesus and were saved.
Paul and Silas were singing and praying all night and the guard heard them.
But it wasn’t until he saw the men remain in the jail, when they could have escaped, that made him tremble and want what they had.
We can pray and sing all day long, but to be effective disciples for Christ, our actions have to align with our words.
Paul and Silas were innocent men and were let free the next day, God used a seemingly horrible circumstance for His glory.
God will use the horrible circumstances in our lives for His glory as well.
Never stop singing and praying.
What do you do when going through difficult times?
Lord, thank you for this example of Paul and Silas.
I pray that we will focus on you.
Rather times are good or bad.
That we will never stop singing or praying because we know you are the God of everything.
Even our circumstances.
I pray that we will glorify you through our troubles and you will use our troubles to glorify you.
In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.