Acts 16:25-26 “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”
There are times in life when everything seems shut around you and you feel bound. You seem to have done all you can do naturally speaking but there seems to be that invisible block. Paul and Silas were in a similar situation, they were jailed unlawfully for doing what was right, preaching the gospel. Despite this, they did not murmur or complain or throw a pity party. They were “praying and singing hymns”. They had a praise break! Their praise was so loud and extravagant in the midst of their tough situation, so much so that all the other prisoners heard them.
What a crazy bunch, some would have thought, but the revelation of God’s power was enough motivation to stir their hearts to praise Him. It was in praising God that the blessing was to be expected. They must have known Psalm 67:5-7. In the midst of their praise, the Bible records in Acts 16:26, “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.”
The midnight hour represents the darkest hour of the night. In essence things got worse before they got better. But you are not focused on the situation, rather you are focused on God’s delivering power. Your praise redirects your attention towards God. Praise will open up doors for you and loose you from the things that have kept you bound. There is power in your praise. It may be the darkest hour of your life, it may look like everything is about to crumble. Don’t lose heart, but rather stir yourself up in praise. Begin to recite the resume of God’s wonders, His known will, and His demonstrated abilities, as seen in Scripture, and watch the chains of bondage fall of and the things that trouble quake.