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 16:26
Have you ever been bound by chains and in prison for doing something good? Paul and Silas found themselves in just such a situation after setting a young girl free from a spirit of divination. Now they could have been angry, frustrated and discouraged because, after all, they were ‘doing good’. So what caused the sudden earthquake that set them free?
Let’s back up to verse 25 in that same chapter; ‘But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.’ They chose to pray and sing! How awesome is that? Our tendency would be to gripe and complain, bind the devil and call down fire from heaven. But God responds based on our response.
You may be sitting in a prison of your own making or one that someone made for you. It may have made life hard for you, things you struggle with everyday of your life. Oh my friend, there’s something liberating that happens when I break out in singing and praise His name. It pushes fear to the curb and invites the Holy Spirit to blow into the room and break some chains.
Are you ready to break free? Lift your hands with me and begin to say out loud, “Thank You Jesus for setting me free. You paid the highest price for me! You gave Your life, shed Your blood so that I could live and walk free. Thank You for breaking this chain that’s held me bound for so long. Your Word says that who the Son sets free, is free indeed. So right now, I just give You praise. I thank You for healing me, spirit, soul and body. Nothing is too hard for You and nothing is impossible for You. Thank you for delivering me from the pit of despair. No longer will I think on impossible things because all things are possible with You.
“Thank You for delivering me from debt. You give me ideas and witty inventions. You prosper me even as my soul prospers. You watch over my children and my grandchildren. You keep me in perfect peace because I keep my mind focused on You. I call for ministering spirits to come and bring freedom to every person reading this and speaking it out. I ask that immediately, they would sense You are working things out for Your honor and glory. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, Amen!”