A Midnight Deliverance
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Have you ever wondered if God was going to show up in y0ur situation a little late? Don’t feel bad, y0u aren’t the only one! God is never early, but He is never late either. He always shows up in the nick of time! As we notice in our scripture, things were looking pretty bad for Paul and Silas. Beaten, their feet locked in stocks. I am sure no one applied any form of medical attention to the deep cuts that bled. The prisons back then certainly did not have modern conveniences of our day today. There had to be a stench all around them. It was not uncommon for the prisoners to be fed bug infested food. That is more than enough for me to complain about right there! But, not Paul and Silas! Nothing shook them off their praise!!
Notice something quite interesting here. It says an earthquake shook the foundations of the jail! No other place felt the earthquake. Only the jail! It also loosened the stocks of all the prisoners! When the jailer saw what had happened he was going to commit suicide. If it had been found that he had lost the prisoners he was going to be executed anyway. Paul cried out to him, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here!” Acts 16:28.
The jailer knew he had just seen and witnessed the supernatural. He fell down at Paul and Silas’s feet and wanted to know how to be saved! That jailer was saved and his whole family as well! I love what Bro. Hagin says here! “A lot of folks today are just sitting around doing nothing, waiting for God to do something for them. They say, ‘If God sees fit, He will move on my behalf.’
If that is true, then why didn’t Paul and Silas just suffer in silence and not pray and sing praises to God? Why didn’t they just wait and see if God would see fit to do something in their lives? If this is true why didn’t Paul and Silas say, ‘Let’s just leave everything to the Lord‘?
We need the kind of praying Paul and Silas did. When things begin to be shaken, some people are going to be shaken, too! You see, the shaking will cause some people to come into the church and others who aren’t sincere to leave the church. Folks who don’t want to change won’t stay around long if things are being shaken, because some things believers should get rid of, such as sin, will be shaken, too! In some churches there are even some people who need to be shaken, because they will never commit themselves to a local church body and walk uprightly. Sometimes they are there and other times they aren’t. It all depends on how the mood hits them! Those people will then go when the shaking begins, but others will come into the church and stay.”
Join me tomorrow for “Ushering in the Glory of God Through United Prayer”. I know you will be blessed! Until then, precious reader, be blessed and walk in victory!!
*Reference: Bible Prayer Study Course by Kenneth E. Hagin