But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 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.
-Paul and Silas went to the city of Philippi in Macedonia to proclaim the gospel when they encountered a slave girl who had the spirit of divination. When they rebuked the python spirit in her, her masters brought them before the magistrate who condemned them to imprisonment after a thorough beating. In their wounds and chains, they did not complain or despair; but prayed and gave praise to God. They had great faith in God and when they prayed, their chains and those of all the other prisoners were loosed by Gods’ power. These scriptures reveal the power of prayers and thanksgiving to God. In Matthew 7:8 we read that, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”. You could be going through difficult experiences which might seem like bounding chains or waiting on the Lord for different needs. We are reminded to pray and give thanks to God always and He will surely answer our prayers.
Chains in the Bible have been used symbolically to drive different experiences and outline various revelations in a broad perspective. Chains have been used to depict wisdom; which has figuratively been used as chains and crowns, first to represent their precious significance. Like a chain, wisdom should be placed closest to the heart which results in honour as a crown on ones head. Joseph; guided by the wisdom of God interpreted many dreams with patience and humility and he received his reward. Paul and Silas had great faith in God and when they prayed and gave thanks; the chains of the prisoners were loosed and the prison doors were opened. Paul was fully dedicated to preach the gospel of Christ and brought out the aspect of chains as a bond-servant of God. When we were still prisoners chained in shackles of sin causing death; Christ died for us. Like the man who was possessed by an unclean spirit in Gadarenes and had often been bound with shackles and chains was set free by Jesus, we have been set free from sin through His everlasting love (Mk 5:1-8). As Christians; we have been liberated to God through the blood of Jesus, that we may always approach his throne of grace and find mercy. God works in, through and for His people as we love and obey Him by faith. As we come to the knowledge of Christ; chained to Him so that we may never depart from Him and His word, we are called to seek Him first in things until we come to eternal life with Him at the end of time.
O Lord, our God, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your glory above the heavens, we glorify Your holy name. You have told us Father that whatever we ask for in Your name, You will accomplish for us, we trust in You. We present our prayers, petitions and thanksgiving to You Lord that You may answer us according to Your merciful love. Forgive us our sins and break all the chains of the evil one in our lives, families and nation by Your precious blood. Renew our spirit and fill our hearts with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control Holy Spirit, that we may always do Your will. Lord, teach us to offer You hearts of thanksgiving and praise in all our daily experiences of life. You have set Your glory above the heavens Lord, we glorify and praise Your name, forever. Amen
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