Suddenly, There Was An Earthquake That Shook The Prison
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
This Bible story begins the unjust arrest of Paul and Silas. Because they had cast a spirit of divination out of a girl, the local Philippian authorities beat them and then threw them into
jail.Besides the trauma of the severe beating, they were fastened in stocks which clamped their arms and legs in an immobile position, causing loss of blood circulation. The atmosphere there was depressing. A prison is a dark, damp, stench-ridden place, with no facility for waste or comforts of any kind,
Yet, in spite of the pain in their bodies, at midnight Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God! What a strange sound this must have been to the other prisoners, who were used to only hearing the groans or cursings of those who had been beaten.
Then suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison! The doors flung open, and amazingly, the bonds of Paul, Silas, and every other prisoner were released! What caused this mighty discharge of power? It’s power of praise. What is the difficult challenge? Praise God in this new working week and you see Him leveling all mountains in Jesus name. Keep dwelling in His presence
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