“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
Paul and Silas were attacked and beaten with rods. After that they were thrown into prison. Then this happens.
Worship and prayer to God has the power to move our circumstances. This power does not reside in the act itself but in God who listen to our prayers and worship. In this case, it literally shook the foundations of the prison and set them free.
Prayer and worship should not happen only when we are in bad spots but it needs to be part of our every day life. If this is true in our lives, when we face challenges, our attitude won’t be “but I have no strengths to pray nor motivation to sing”, instead, we will prayer stronger and sing louder, because we know the God who listens to us and he is able to shake the foundations of whatever is imprisoning us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this Friday. Thank you for setting me free. I want to pray and sing to you, no matter what circumstances surround me. In Jesus’ name, I pray.