Praise in Prison

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. Acts 16:26 KJV

I’ve never been to prison, jail, or anything like that. I have also never set foot in either of these. I know people that have been and honestly, I would never want to be imprisoned, however I have a burden for those in prison and/or jail.

What strikes me particularly about this passage of scripture, Paul and Silas were imprisoned wrongfully. Sometimes we find ourselves there. Imprisoned. Trapped. Sometimes a prisoner of our own minds, deeds. Oppressed. This is not where God wants us. He wants us to be free. Live in His light and liberty that the shed blood of Jesus afforded us.

Still, sometimes we find ourselves snared.

We all know the story. Paul and Silas praised God in the middle of their awful, unjust circumstances. This is not always the easiest thing to do. It’s not always easy to not look at our circumstances and ask God why? It’s not always easy to praise God in the middle of our hard times. Nevertheless, Paul and Silas praised God. And the God of suddenlies intervened. He shook the foundation of the prison, opened the doors, and loosed the bands of bondage.

It’s a lesson I must learn over and over again, honestly. When I lift my eyes from my circumstances to Christ and learn to praise Him despite my circumstances, He moves suddenly. He delivers me, sets me free.

We live in a time where everyone seems to be going through/dealing with something. Let me encourage you today, as I encourage myself, let’s praise God while we’re in the thick of it. This will allow God to move suddenly.

*Original Image by Kaybee05

10 comments

  1. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and our Lord we bring him into our hearts to feel his love and how he loves us and how he gave his life for all of us through his atonement. God is Our Heavenly Father who we have to answer to and pray to for the good and the bad in our lives.

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  2. Dear Jessy, thanks for this post. Praying for those who are in a prison without walls! Not able to say anything for different reasons. The Lord have mercy on them in the mighty name of Jesus-Christ! Amen

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  3. When my daughter was in prison we both had to cling on to Jesus, I sent her scriptures and we prayed and it got us both through. Now she is home safe with me and we love going to Church together. God is restoring everything that was lost.

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    1. Amen. What a wonderful testimony! I’m so glad that you left this comment. It is encouraging to me. I have a friend that was recently arrested and the court process, everything can be overwhelming. We definitely must cling to Jesus, He will restore!

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