And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them.
In every midnight situation you have a choice, a choice whether to speak life or death. And the choice you make will determine what power will be lifted up in your life.
Paul and Silas locked up in a Roman prison could have complained. They could have talked about the beating they took, the smell of the jail or how unfair it was for them to be in that situation. But instead they choose to sing and praise God. They choose to speak life. And when they did it not only affected their lives but the lives of those that heard them. The power of life loosed them all from their chains. Acts 16:26 says “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison where shaken; and immediately all the doors where opened, and everyone’s bands where loosed.
Now if speaking life can cause this to happened what do you think speaking death will do? It would have caused the foundations of the prison to remain firm and unmovable. It would have kept the doors to the prison shut and everyone would have remained in chains. But as they began to sing and praise God the atmosphere in the prison changed. The atmosphere was right for a midnight miracle. It affected the other prisoners they all fell under the banner that Paul and Silas had lifted up. The banner whose power and authority no prison could keep and no chain could hold.
However, if you don’t say anything your situation will remain the same. If the enemy can’t get you to speak death, he’ll try to keep you from saying anything. Have you ever noticed that in some crisis situations you feel very heavy and you don’t want to talk to anyone? Well, that the enemy trying to get you to keep your mouth closed. He knows that when you open your mouth and began to praise God doors will open and chains will fall off.
Even in their midnight crisis, Paul and Silas sang and praised God and in doing so they were saying to God in all things you have the preeminence.