Paul And Silas Didn’t Pray For A Miracle.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25-26

Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns in worship to the Lord. They were not praying and singing ‘to get a miracle ‘ or ‘to get a breakthrough’ or ‘to bring down heaven.’ They had no such intention or agenda.
Their prayer and praise was not manipulative, it wasn’t ‘putting pressure on heaven to move.’ No. They were simply worshipping the Lord in spirit and in truth.

They were not asking the Lord to deliver them from that dungeon ‘through a miracle’ when that earthquake occurred. They did not ask for an earthquake to deliver them.
And that earthquake could have even been a natural occurrence without any divine intervention whatsoever. That was an earthquake region and earthquakes happened all the time. You will notice that Paul and Silas were not shocked that an earthquake occurred in that region. Earthquakes were normal in that region of the world.

To prove to you that ‘deliverance from jail’ was not their agenda for praying and singing hymns, they sat there and refused to leave the prison until morning.
The jailer was shocked that they were still there and asked that famous question: “what must I do to be saved?” He was shocked that Paul and Silas did not escape even though their chains were broken and the doors were open. Broken chains and open doors does not mean God wanted them to escape from that place. That is spiritual illiteracy and foolishness. They even took time to evangelise and baptise the jailer’s family instead of escaping. Paul and Silas were not praying and praising God to escape!

We have to be careful how we twist scriptures to suit our own selfish intentions. People organise ‘midnight breakthrough prayers’ to ‘bring down heaven and release miracles,’ not as an act of worship and glorifying God in the midst of their situation and acknowledging that the will of God will stand supreme in that situation.

Let your worship not be manipulative, or have a hidden agenda, or be used as a tool to ‘move heaven.’ Let our worship flow from our hearts in spirit and in truth, in love for the Father, and let the will of God find full, complete and total expression in our situation in whatever way the Father pleases.

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One response to “Paul And Silas Didn’t Pray For A Miracle.

  1. Patience

    amen amen …thank you Praise for this sharing

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