I know many might have knowledge of this story. ALL things to The glory of God, Amen.
Imprisoned people to be executed where on the lower/inner levels of the prison. “The guard/jailer “fastened their feet in the stocks.” Did anyone require and/or request The Word? But, to go through what Paul and Silas endured! They should have been beaten to exhaustion and passed out from pain and anxiety. But, they were moved to pray and sing in the dungeon of the jail.
I know that I am a ‘proper’ physician. But, where did prisoners ‘ease’ themselves? Especially if chained to the wall? This is what not many have thought of. And yet, there Paul and Silas were.
We read: Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone (mind you The Word says ” For the love of money is the root of all of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10) they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.
After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. (Physically inexplicable! Our God never changes Psalm 33:11 says, “The counsel of The Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.” His Word is Timeless and His Promises are Everlasting! Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My Word will by no means pass away.” God’s counsel never changes.
The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in The Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”
But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”
The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
We read, being Roman citizens – they were treated wrongly. As we shared, there was a reason for this incidence.
We, as believers may question occurences. In all cases in prayer and thanksgiving make your requests known to God.
And we pray:
Lord, I am feeling uncertain about what I’m facing. Please guide me and help me to cope with what is unfolding, Please also grant me the peace that only you can give. Amid my worries, please come alongside me and sustain me. I know that I can put my trust in you. Please grant me reminders along the way, so that I do not become overtaken by the unknown. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Lord, I pray for my friends and loved ones [or insert a specific person’s name]. Please grant them your peace, love and understanding, and please protect them from the evils of this world. Lord, please guide their paths and help them to make the right decisions — choices that will lead them where you want them to be. In addition to wisdom, I pray for their protection and safekeeping, especially as they weather this storm. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Lord, I am in shock and in pain. I’m not sure where to turn or what to do, but I know that Your love can sustain me. The loss of [insert person] has left me feeling alone and overwhelmed. At moments, I’m not sure how I will move forward. Please fill me with your peace and help me through this difficult time. Help me to see Your love and Your purpose. It is only with Your love and care that I know I can move forward. Please help me pick up the pieces and forge on. Amen.
Dear Lord, please help my children as they learn and grow. Please grant them an eternal perspective that helps them to see beyond the here and now. Please help foster this worldview and use me as a parent to plant the right seeds — seeds that will grow and flourish throughout their lives. Please grant my children the wisdom to know right from wrong and to discern what Your divine will is for their lives. And, if and when they fall, please grant me the peace and wisdom to help them get back up. Thank you for the blessing of children, Lord. In the name of your son Jesus I pray, amen.