‘But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them…’
– Acts 16:25 (AMP)
Monday, March 06, 2023
A brisk study of the books of Acts chapter 16 shows that Paul and Silas were thrown in Prison for doing a good thing, casting out a demon from a slave girl.
Imagine being beaten and disgraced publicly for following God’s instruction! As if that is not enough, you get thrown into prison with criminals without trial just because you set a possessed slave girl free from demonic oppression.
However, in all this, what did Bro. Paul and Silas do, moan? complain? No, Not at all. Rather they went into the divine conversation and raised their voice in praise. It was not even in a hushed tone but a loud, bold, rancorous session.
Who does that in a prison?
I thought prison was for sobriety and reflection, and praise is supposed to follow a breakthrough.
No! Gratitude is an attitude. An attitude of those who are secure in their identity no matter the circumstances.
Remember the Israelites, they walked around with their horns and trumpets for seven days, then the great wall of Jericho came crashing down at their praise chant on the seventh day (Joshua 6).
Also, the three Hebrew governors were seen walking, most likely in a praise party in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3).
Jesus gave thanks over the five loaves and two fish before the multiplication happened. (Luke 9:16, Matthew 14:19)
Beloved, your purpose is on a trajectory of success when you put your praise on it.
Thanksgiving is indeed True living! Be Grateful to God, in Him you are secure forever.
LET US PRAY:
In Jesus’ Name, I declare
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor.
6 You made us rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under our feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
(Kindly share with someone today)