”A mob was quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the judges ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden whips. Again and again the rods slashed down across their barred backs; and afterwards they were thrown into prison. The jailer was threatened with death if they escaped, so he took no chances, but feet into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet into the stocks.
Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord – and the other prisoners were listening – suddenly there was a great earthquakes; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open – and the chains of every prisoner fell off.” (Acts 16:22 – 26 TLB)
One of the salient lessons to learn from the above narrative is that being a child of God does not always guarantee you a persecution – free existence. As a matter of fact every child of God is an avowed enemy of satan and the world.
”……..for the scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day – we are like sheep awaiting slaughter, but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us.” (Romans 8: 36 – 37 TLB)
Paul and Silas realized that it was not because of any iniquity in their lives that they were jailed, but because of the unrighteous judgement of the world. In the dark Murky Macedonian prison they refused to be depressed or to get into ”why me syndrome.” They understood that no one can truly be free who does not know the truth. So around midnight they prayed and praised the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient God. Prayer and praise release tremendous power of earthquake dimension. See the amazing breakthrough God gave his servants as they worshiped Him. He can do just the same thing in your life. Do you feel like it’s the midnight hour in some difficult challenges in your life, your breakthrough is coming. Cheer Up! Give no room to depression! It’s always darkest before dawn. Joy awaits you in the morning!
Has the devil kept you in a prison cell for a long time? – in your health, finance, emotions, relationships, career or ministry? Your breakthrough will come suddenly. Your chains will be broken. Your fetters will be shattered. Your persecutors will soon become your converts. They shall be stars on your crown. This is your season of open doors. Your evangelism will be sweet. God will be glorified in Jesus’ Name.
A C T I O N P O I N T
Wake up around midnight (preferably for the next seven days). Praise, pray and worship God aloud. Sing at least seven praise and worship songs.
P R A Y E R
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the privilege of knowing you. I thank you for the generous provisions you have made for my breakthroughs. May your Name be praised and adored in the mighty name of Jesus. I acknowledge that you have been good to me. I thank you because I know you love me, and I know you will not withhold any good thing from me. Grant me the grace to always delight myself in you. Help me to walk uprightly for the rest of my life. Thank you dear heavenly Father because I know all chains are broken. I am free indeed. I thank you for open doors in Jesus’ Name!
D E C L A R A T I O N
Overwhelming Victories await you in Jesus’ Name.
E D I F I E R