Friday, 18th November 2016: Your praise cannot be imprisoned!

Scripture Reading: Acts 16: 25-26
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

 

Reflection: After giving them a severe beating, Paul and Silas were thrown into jail under tight security. Their feet were also kept in stocks. As they looked at each other they could tell that even though their bodies had been imprisoned, their mouths were not. They therefore began to pray to God and to sing out loud, songs of praises. The other prisoners could not believe their ears as they heard Paul and Silas sing. They wondered why these new prisoners will not just keep their mouths shut. Soon, the whole prison yard began to shake. A great earthquake had erupted in the yard as a result of the songs being sung by the Apostles. It caused the chains to fall off their feet and broke open the secured doors. Supernaturally, a way of escape had been created for Paul and Silas just because they chose to open their mouths to praise God in an imprisoned condition. It looked so unbelievable but it was real. You may be imprisoned in body but remember your praise cannot be imprisoned. With your mouth, you can ‘praise your way out’ just like Paul and Silas did. Keep praising God no matter what!

Prayer: Lord I will praise you with my lips as long as I live.

Confession: No circumstances will stop my mouth from declaring the praise of God. My praise unto God can never be imprisoned.

 

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