Today, we shall be looking at Acts 16:16-28. Paul and Silas were mercilessly beaten and thrown into jail for no credible reasons. But in spite of their nasty experiences, they showed no resentment towards anybody neither did they blame anyone for their predicaments instead; they worshipped God; praying and singing hymns to Him. That was a practical way of inviting God into their difficult situation (Psalm 22:3). And before long, He made His mighty presence felt via a great earthquake that shook the prison to its foundation and in the end; Paul and Silas were released unconditionally.
Prisons are places where people who ran foul of the law are quartered. They are separated from the larger society and made to undergo structured routines geared towards their reformation and eventual reintegration back into the society after completing their jail terms. However, they are grossly restricted in their choices; this is an important hallmark of prisons.
Figuratively speaking, Prison Situations are also experienced by a lot of people even though they are not imprisoned officially. These are situations which bring about restrictions, great difficulty, unhappiness etc and in most cases; those affected are incapable of assisting themselves neither can they be assisted by anyone as known day to day remedies are unhelpful. And if care is not taken, untimely death is imminent! The situations include grave illnesses, destructive habits, fear cum doubt, crippling poverty, joblessness, mounting debt, academic and professional inertia, dysfunctional family, etc. If any of them is troubling you then, you need help.
To overcome Prison Situations therefore, require a great force at the highest level and Jesus Christ is the force because He is well suited for aborting all encumbrances. This position can be confirmed in Acts 10:38 where Apostle Paul said: ‘’… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him’’.
Perhaps you have been fasting and praying to God through Jesus Christ concerning your Prison Situation(s) for a while without success, I have good news for you. Help is on the way! But you have to observe the following protocol. First, you must calm down very quickly. This is very important so that you can make rational decisions. Next, you must increase your level of faith in God (Romans 10:17). Then, you must exercise patience and bear your condition with joy and dignity. And as much as possible, you must also honor God with singing and dancing just as Paul and Silas did. Please don’t forget to thank God for your situation(s) too because He takes special delight in people that does this (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Finally, and this is very important; you must continue to pray to God through Jesus Chris until your Prison Situation(s) fizzle out. This protocol is summed up by Apostle Paul in Romans 12:12 thus: ”Rejoicing in Hope, patient in tribulation and continuing steadfastly in prayer”. I am happy to inform you that it cannot fail and if you embrace it very quickly, you’ll soon become a free person. Remember that ”He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Congratulations!
Jesus is Lord!