Imprisonment is the most harshest punishment anyone can receive. This is the worst experience to bear with. Incarceration is the end of all freedom. The prisoner looses all the privileges of the external world.
I would like to draw your attention to one scripture quote from the Holy Bible.
Acts 16:24 NASBS
and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
Apostle Paul and his friend Silas were falsely accused and assaulted. They were cast into the innermost cell of the prison with their feet in the stocks. I can’t imagine their plight.
They may been groaning because of various injuries. Their movements were restricted due to stocks. They were in really bad shape. They may have been exhausted, hungry and thirsty.
Acts 16:25 NASBS
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
Praying and praising
At the middle of the night, the apostle Paul and Silas began to pray and sing. Probably there was a great silence in the prison and no one spoke with one another. In this situation this duo began to call on to the Lord Jesus. They were also singing the famous hymns.
Praising in prison
This must have transformed the ambience of the prison. They managed to change this dreaded place into a place of praising God. The other fellow prisoners must have been astonished. They wanted to know who are these crazy guys. What are they praying? Whom are they praising?
What’s your prison?
Today we may not be in real prison however certain types of circumstances may make us feel imprisoned. For example, certain types of sickness causes restrictions on movement. Certain overwhelming stressors cloud our minds. We are cast into great depression.
What can help us in such situations? I believe, the answer is praying and praising. While Paul and Silas were praying and singing, something happened!
Acts 16:26 NASBS
and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
The prayer was answered by God. The prison doors were opened and chains were unfastened. Wow. Isn’t it amazing!
Dear friend, you may be going through the toughest situations. You have a choice to either sit there grumbling and groaning or you can pray and sing. May God help you to make the right choice.
With love and blessings ✋
From the Bible blogger 😇🙏