|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 everybody’s chains came loose. –Acts 16:25-26
How many of us know that we cannot get to the daybreak until we go through the nighttime? The same goes for our Spiritual lives in the Christian walk. We often get discouraged because we think that everything that can go wrong in our lives has gone wrong. We worry about our finances, about our families, about our relationships, about our education, and everything just seems to be going wrong. This is our wilderness; this is our nighttime.
Paul and Silas were wrongly accused and locked up in jail for proclaiming the gospel. Before they were locked up, they were insulted and severely flogged. I am sure they were angry, confused and sad because all they were doing was proclaiming the gospel in the name of the Lord. Wasn’t God supposed to protect them and defend them? Wasn’t he supposed to intercede on their behalf and do something supernatural to save them? Whatever the case may have been, Paul & Silas continued to praise God in spite of how they were feeling. Even late in the midnight hour, when everyone else was quiet or sleeping, they continued to praise God, and because of this God moved in a mighty way and delivered them by daybreak.
What have you been locked up in prison for? What prison are you in? Are you financial prison? Are you in a prison of loneliness? Are you in a prison of lack? Are you in a prison of depression? Are you in a prison of confusion? It is the midnight hour, what are you doing? You cannot get to daybreak until you go through the nighttime! How are you getting through the nighttime? Paul and Silas praised in the midnight hour-the darkest hour- and the Spirit moved mightily! If you want to feel such a move, then I suggest you start praising. He can move for you, but you have to remember him at your darkest hour. God loved David because he knew how to praise God! In spite of what circumstances he was going through, he always remembered to praise.
Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning! Your joy is coming in the morning brethren, but you have to make the most of the nighttime. Make the most of your darkest hour. God knows what you are going through, he hears your cry, but he wants you to praise him in spite of that. He wants you to understand that he is greater that whatever troubles you may be facing. If you believe that with me today, then brethren lets show our troubles how big our God is by praising him. And just as the jailers and other prisoners got saved and accepted Jesus because of Paul & Silas’s actions, our praise at the midnight hour can save our hearers.
I dare you to start praising in the midst of your troubles and watch how mightily the spirit begins to move in the midnight hour. Joy is coming at daybreak brethren, but let us get through the nighttime the best way we can. Begin to praise him, even in your nighttime!
Stay blessed and spread the word.