Loose the Chains

15th AUGUST 2022

Christ for Youth International

Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship. Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose. [Act 16:25–26 TPT]

In Acts 16, Paul cast out an evil spirit from a slave girl, earning himself and Silas a night in jail. This was due to the girl’s masters’ unhappiness because they used to profit from the bad spirit’s fortune-telling. That in itself is a lesson in man’s depravity since many were eager to profit from both the physical and spiritual bondage of this girl.

But the true beauty is what transpired that night in the prison cells. As previously stated, Paul and Silas spent much of the night praying and singing hymns. We don’t know what they sang or how excellent (or horrible) their vocals were, but it drew the attention of the other inmates, who listened. The ground rattled, the prison shook, the doors opened, and the chains came off both the singers and their audience.

This was not God’s first prison break; Peter had miraculously escaped from prison in Acts 12. However, this time, an entire prison was liberated thanks to the praise and prayer of two men, and by the end of the day, the jailer and his family had given their lives to Christ.

Let your praise be heard, child of God. God is still present in the praise of His people, and when He appears, you and those who hear you will be delivered.

Allow your praise to be heard even at your darkest times. Consider what might have happened if Paul and Silas had spent the night quietly crying in dread. They would have hindered God’s strength. That should not be your tale. Allow the praise to flow while you wait for God’s deliverance.

Heavenly Father, I choose to worship You even while I am limited by circumstances. You alone be praised, Amen.

Further Reading: Psalm 19:1–4, Acts 16:16–34

Bible In One Year: Ezekiel [19–22]

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