But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 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 chains were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26 NKJV)

Thought For The Week: Paul and Silas were in a very precarious situation — they had been arrested, beaten, and placed in prison for doing nothing wrong. Anyone else in that given situation would have been in tears, discouraged by their circumstances. Yet Paul and Silas chose to pray and sing hymns to God. This account ends with them miraculously escaping jail. Prayer can also help us in times of despair; it can open doors for the miraculous to occur. When we resort to praying, we are overstepping our emotions and setting our minds to God’s faithfulness instead. That, in itself, is defeating the plan of the enemy who is only interested in keeping you down.

Prayer: Dear God, I thank You for Your faithfulness and the blessed assurance I have in You. Father, I thank You that there is no situation that is bigger than You. Lord, I pray that any time I find myself in despair, may I focus on You and Your goodness. I will always remain hopeful and I will find a reason to rejoice. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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