JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the power of prayer and praising God.
Paul and Silas were in prison. They had been stripped and beaten and carefully guarded. Their feet were in stocks.
That is the setting when they do something amazing. About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. The other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, which shook the foundations of the prison. The prison doors swung wide open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
This incident led to the conversion of the jailer, who believed in the Lord Jesus and was saved.
Paul and Silas could have responded differently. They could have had a pity party. They could have been feeling despair. We might understand why under the circumstances. However, they were praying and praising God, and He opened up more doors for them to be an effective witness for Jesus.
Look for God to open up doors of opportunity as you seek Him with all your heart and praise Him with all your strength.
The power of prayer and praising God are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.