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From Outsider to Insider – Day 12 – Acts 16.16-34

The prayers and songs of our lives can preach.  Today we read that even though Paul and Silas were chained up in a jail in the city of Philippi, they continued to sing songs to Jesus and pray.  They weren’t alone.  Luke tells us that, “the prisoners were listening to them.” (v. 25)  It appears, however, that the prisoners weren’t the only ones listening to their jail house prayer meeting.  The head jailer must have heard them too.  He may have been sincerely interested in what they were singing or he may just have mused about how strange these people called “Christians” were: “They sure are a curious lot.”  But, whatever he was thinking, his world was immediately turned upside-down by a powerful earthquake that so shook the ground that it compromised the structure of the prison and made it possible for everyone of his prisoners to escape.  Since it was the middle of the night, darkness and confusion reigned, and the jailer knew that he would certainly be killed for allowing all of his prisoners to escape.  Better, he thought, to end his life himself than await the judgment of his superiors, so he drew his sword.  But, God had other plans.  Paul and Silas weren’t there that night by accident.  The earthquake wasn’t an accident.  The prayers they had prayed weren’t an accident.  Paul convinced the prisoners to stay where they were.  When the jailer saw that all his prisoners had refused to leave, he knew that his life was saved, but he saw that it meant more than that.   He needed more saving.  Why did he know that?  I’m convinced it was because of the sermons he had heard through song and prayer prayed by a couple of Christians chained to a dungeon wall.  Are your feet “in the stocks” right now?  Keep singing and praying the gospel.  You never know who is listening.

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