Paul and Silas were locked up for preaching the gospel. Beaten and bleeding, they were thrown into a damp Roman dungeon and chained to the walls. When they gathered themselves and thought the matter through, they remembered that it was a good thing to be in that position. The effectiveness of their work had caused their enemies to stir trouble for them. So they forgot about their situation and started praising God. As they focused on God and how great He is, God showed up and broke them out of jail, literary. There was an earthquake that threw the entire jail down. Even the chains on their hands and feet voluntarily fell down. They sang such a faith filled song that God stomped His foot and opps, there was an earth quake.
Praise and worship releases the power of God to work on your behalf. Instead of whining and complaining about life, choose to worship through your situation. I am not saying that you are happy to be in that situation but rather you choose to ignore the obvious and express your trust in God. Don’t tell God how big your problem is but rather tell your problem how big your God is. Take your attention away from what has gone wrong and put it on your good God who is able to turn it around. Complaining means you are working with the devil. You are empowering your doubts. Worship means you are working with God empowering and releasing your miracle.
SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 16:16-30 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged [them] into the marketplace to the authorities. And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw [them] into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
DEVOTION PRAYER: My Lord, teach me to worship you in spirit and truth. For I know that worship releases the power of God to work on my behalf. May I continue to worship you all my days in Jesus’ name. Amen