Scripture For Today:
“It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the Lord your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”
Refuse to Worry pt 6
We have been studying about Refusing to Worry and how we need to “Cast all of our cares over on the Lord, for He cares for us,” from 1 Peter 5:7.
Do you remember awhile back when we talked about Peter and Silas praying in the jail? This is from Acts 16:25-26. They had been put in the jail and locked up tight. Their feet were in stocks. Their backs were bleeding because of the beatings they had endured. But the Bible says, “…at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed…”
But, that scripture does not end there, does it. NO! It continues and says, “…AND they sang praises unto God…!”
I believe this is what Paul was referring to when he wrote, “…in EVERY THING, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…” Paul wrote this letter to who? The church at Philippi, right?
Let’s look at the sequence of events…
First, they are arrested, beaten and locked up, right?
It would have been so easy for them to start wondering “Why did God allow this to happen to us? Why didn’t He make a way of escape? Why? Why? Why?”
That’s what a lot of people would be doing, right? I’m including me in that, too! Amen!
You probably would be too! Amen!
You went to this town to share the Gospel and you end up getting arrested, beaten and locked in the prison! How did this happen? That would be a normal reaction, right?
Not for Paul and Silas! Amen!
Next, they PRAYED. Do you see that? Ok, then what happened?
After they PRAYED – they began to SING PRAISES TO GOD!
The scripture goes on to say, “…and the prisoners HEARD THEM…” If the prisoners heard them, you can rest assured God heard them, too! Amen!
You know the rest of the story. God gave them a great deliverance and the jailer and his family were born again and baptized in the Spirit – and ALL THE PRISONERS, too! Praise God.
There is no doubt in my mind, that the jailer at that prison became the pastor of the church in Philippi. None! That is what the Church in Philippi was! A jailhouse church! Praise God!
Think about it! Nowhere else does it say Paula and Silas established other house churches there. No doubt there were some established. But I believe this was a true prison ministry that then extended out to the dwellers around that area. Think about it…
Those whose loved ones were locked up were probably living pretty close to prison. It was not like it is today. The family was more or less responsible for feeding and taking care of the needs of the prisoners. Amen!
What do you think the prisoners shared with their family members? What Paul and Silas did and who they were talking about while in there! JESUS! Amen!
This impacted the entire city and area! This is why we are still talking about it today!
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