by Tammy Phillips
July 30, 2020
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. – Acts 16:25 NKJV
Remember, Peter was alone in prison and the church prayed him out? We can learn so much from other siblings in Christ. My sister, Stephanie, said, “Peter got prayed up and out of his situation.” I loved that statement. “Prayed up and out.” Up and out of there it goes, like a homeroom, sailing out of the park.
This is such a visual to me. Picture this, I pray for you. We are now joined together. When I go UP to the throne of grace, I am taking you with me. When we pray in groups, we are all entering the throne room together. We are spending time together with the Father in His presence, praising him, thanking Him, glorifying Him and then asking of Him. We are not alone when we approach the throne, we take with us whomever we are praying for and with. We pray up and the problem gets outted.
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were beaten with rods and incurred many blows. They were bloody and found themselves in a Roman jail together. Their feet were locked in stocks. They were rendered immovable. They chose to pray and sing in the worst of conditions.
Life hits us with unbearable blows, over and over and over again. Sometimes, it seems as if we have been imprisoned in our own circumstances. How do we react when we are whacked? Do we pray and sing at midnight in the worst of situations? Do we pray and sing through our pain and trouble? Do we cast our cares? (When we do cast our care, Jesus will empower us to bare.) Perhaps, we should follow Paul and Silas’ example and we might experience similar results. After they prayed and sang…
“Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed. – Acts 16:26 NKJV
When we pray and sing, remember, we take our current dilemma UP to the throne of God. Jesus said:
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20
He takes the problem out. We should expect earthquake movement when God gets involved. Jesus paid for our “get out of jail free card.” We are responsible for using it. We are to believe, ask and receive of the Father in Jesus name. We ARE then, prayed up and out of our situation. His promises are true; He will do what he says.
I enCOURAGE you to pray and sing your way up and out of your bonds. Jesus, said:
“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36 NKJV
UP and OUT! Be free!