Prison Praise

22 Jan

Prison Praise…

A prison is a dark and miserable place. And yet one night, in one particular prison, the prisoners heard singing, songs of joy. They must have wondered what all that singing was about. Paul and Silas were put in prison for preaching the Gospel. And yet even in prison they weren’t afraid.

For they knew that in the presence of God there is joy. And as they were singing in the middle of the night, the power of praise illuminated the darkness and a great earthquake struck the prison and the prison opened up.

The guard was awakened; he feared that all the prisoners were gone. But Paul said “we are all here.” The guard then asked Paul, “What should I do to be saved?” Paul answered “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and your house.”

So, no matter what situation you find yourself in, even in the darkest of circumstances, praise God. Let your light shine, make a commotion of your joy. Start a disturbance of faith. Begin an uproar of righteousness and cause an explosion of light to enter in.

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. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. Acts 16:25-34

Be that source of light to scatter the darkness. Don’t be afraid to cause a holy disturbance of praise and joy – and shake the lost from their shackles.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


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