S~ About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25 (NIV)
O~ Paul and Silas have just been severely flogged and thrown into prison unjustly, all because of the greed of some slave-owners. There they were praying and singing hymns to God.
A~ Paul and Silas were in great pain. They were severely beaten with rods. This would leave them bleeding. Every move would be painful. They could not sleep. Their feet were in stocks so they could not even move around to ease their pain. So what did they do? Did they complain, curse, cry, or blame God? No, they were praying and singing praise to God! They were praising God! In spite of the blood, the pain, the injustice, the darkness and uncertainty of the moment, they focused on prayer and singing to the Lord. All the prisoners were listening to them. Even in their darkest moment, they were helping others. Paul and Silas are such an amazing example here. What do I do when minor inconvenience or pain comes into my life? Too often I complain and yes sometimes I curse. The example here puts me to shame. How were they able to do this? Their lives were focused on the Lord and serving Him. They trusted Him completely. They knew He was the only source of strength or help. They felt the suffering just as anyone would but they held to their faith in God without wavering.
P~ Father, forgive me for those moments when I complain or grumble instead of praising you. Please help my heart to be so focused on you that I will praise you no matter what. Help my first response to trouble to be prayer and then to sing praise to your name. I love you Lord. Thank you that your love for me never changes.
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