About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:2
Precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.
On this Labor Day weekend, Americans from all walks of life will pay tribute to the achievements of the American workforce, in the same fashion as many before us have done since 1894. All who live in this great country have much to be proud of, for God has truly blessed this land founded in part upon the principles of freedom to worship.
How befitting it is that this weeks Midweek Chapel devotion took us to Acts 16, where we find the historic account of Paul and Silas being arrested for proclaiming the name of Jesus in the Roman colony as Philippi. There, a slave woman possessed of an evil spirit was the source of income amongst the ruling faction with her abilities for fortune telling. As this woman made mockery of Paul and Silas, Paul commanded the spirit to leave her, which by the power in the name of Jesus, she was delivered. As the masters of the woman now understood that she no longer possessed the evil power to bring them gain, they rose up against Paul and Silas, taking them to the magistrates, who convicted them for teaching the laws of God. Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned, where ‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singinghymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:2. From that point in the account, we find that the Lord God intervened, sending forth a mighty earthquake and by His power, Paul and Silas and all who were jailed along with them were set free. Seeing then that Paul and Silas, as well as all the other prisoners had not fled, the jailer fell before Paul and Silas, believing in the Lord God, calling out ‘what must I do to be saved’. And to the glory of God, that day, he and his household were saved.
In the same manner as Paul and Silas, your prayers, witness, and songs of praise call upon the name of the Lord, and serve as a powerful influence to your community and most assuredly, your household. Make it a point today to proclaim, ‘I will pray and praise my God in every circumstance and situation of life’, that the Lord Jesus may be glorified in every day of my life!
Remember: Church services (Parkesburg) at 10:30 AM are now both ‘in person’ and back on ‘zoom’. Meeting ID is 922-4389-7462 with a passcode of 710349. All zoom participants will need to remain on mute at all times. Give God glory! All are welcome.
Pastors Simeon & Marissa Strauser Christ’s Chapel