It’s hard to imagine Paul and Silas at midnight praying and singing praises to God while iron clamps held their ankles tightly in the stocks of the dark, dreary, inner dungeon of the Philippian prison.

Paul and Silas

It’s hard to imagine Paul and Silas at midnight praying and singing praises to God while iron clamps held their ankles tightly in the stocks of the dark, dreary, inner dungeon of the Philippian prison. Unjustly accused, stripped, beaten, whipped and bleeding, and now here they sit, not having a pity party as I would be doing, but praying and singing! It flowed out of them; it was a regular practice or habit of theirs because they had this great and high opinion of their God and this unwavering confidence in God’s plan for them. No matter how hard life got, they were going to pray and sing praises to God. Others saw it too. The other prisoners and the jailer saw it, and what they saw, coupled with the earthquake God sent to shake the very foundations of the prison, impacted some of their lives and the lives of their families for all eternity! And look, we are still being challenged today by these two men, Paul and Silas, who, instead of crying and complaining, prayed and sang praises to God, and saw God shake people’s lives to the core. Lord, help me to be like them in the midst of my puny (by comparison) trials. (Read their story in Acts 16:16-40)

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