The Midnight Prayer

Acts 16:
25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners' chains came loose.    (God's Word)

I like the way Paul and Silas handled being in jail. The Bible says at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God.

You know about midnight don't you?
You see midnight is not just the time on the clock.
It is that hour when you don't know what move to make next.
It is when your family walks away from you.
Midnight is when your job lets you go and you're too young to retire and to old to get other employment.   That's midnight.
Midnight is when the doctor says, "I've done all I could."
Midnight is when your best friend turns their back on you.

Paul and Silas didn't complain.  They prayed:
"Lord,  we're here because we did what you told us to do. We preached and people were saved. Now Lord we're not asking you to get us out. We just thought we would talk to you anyway. We get great consolation when we talk to you."

Sometimes midnight is a good time because Job 35:10 says that God will give songs in the night. Some things in life you've got to pray and sing your way through. I hear them singing: "Let the light from the lighthouse shine on me, do Lord, do Lord do remember me."

Then one of the angels received a message from the Lord.
"Gabriel, get me four angels and stand one on each corner of the earth. And when all of you get there I want you to shake the earth."

And you see that's what prayer will do.
Prayer will shake situations and circumstances.
If you've got a son that's gone astray, just start talking to the Lord. Prayer will shake that boy.
You've got a daughter that won't listen to reason, just keep on praying. Prayer will shake your home.
Prayer will shake your job.
Prayer will shake your circumstances.

The angels shook the earth.
The earth shook the jail.
The jail shook the hinges.
The shackles fell off.
It was the midnight hour and God was there!

adapted from 365 Days in the Presence of God: Daily Devotions from the Sermons of Dr. Frank Ray.

Psalm 57:

7 My heart is confident, O God. My heart is confident.
I want to sing and make music.
8 Wake up, my soul! Wake up, harp and lyre!
I want to wake up at dawn.
9 I want to give thanks to you among the people, O Lord.
I want to make music to praise you among the nations
10 because your mercy is as high as the heavens.
Your truth reaches the skies.
11 May you be honored above the heavens, O God.
Let your glory extend over the whole earth.    (God's Word)
Hallelujah!     Amen.

See you again tomorrow, God willing
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