Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Acts 16:25–26 (ESV): "25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened."
Two of the most powerful things we can do during trials are pray and worship. When we center ourselves on God and not our circumstances miraculous things happen!
After coming to Macedonian, Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi because Paul cast out a spirit of divination from a slave girl. Her owners saw their source of income disappear so they drug Paul and Silas before the magistrates declaring, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice." They were put in prison but at midnight the doors of jail cells opened because they were praying and singing hymns. The jailer and his entire household got saved that night as a result.
How do you respond in the dark hours of your trials? What is your go-to centering method? Nothing centers us more on God than prayer and worship. It magnifies His presence in our lives and washes us with truths that cause us to trust Him more. Don't run to man to seek consolation, run to God! He should be the first One we seek. Nothing will out shadow Him. Go to the Lord today in prayer and worship and watch Him do miraculous things in your life. Amen?
Father, we thank You for the ability to pray and sing amid hard times. Please help us to remember this when trials strike. May we not seek anything or anyone else until we have sought You and gloried in Your presence through song we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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