And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
As you face the day, remember that praise looks good on you. You might have gone to bed last night with a heavy heart. You might be going through some challenges that seem to be too hard for you. You might be in your midnight hour–the darkest moment of your life when it seems God has forsaken you. Beloved, there’s good news.
Paul and Silas were in their mid night hour, but they did not despair, murmur or complain. Rather they responded with the energy of prayer and praise. They, with prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving made their request known to God. Immediately God proved himself strong in their lives
You might have prayed, why not manifest your faith through thanksgiving. In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” If really you believe that your request is met, then you’d show obedience to Christ by giving thanks. If you’ve made prayers and supplication, what’s remaining to make your obedience complete is thanksgiving.
When you pray Satan would try to call your bluff. The faith with which you resist him so that he flees from you is best manifested in thanksgiving. Repeating your prayers of faith again and again is nothing but unbelief in religious terms.
Now rise up from your bed of doubt, worries and fears and thank God for His Goodness. Thank Him because He has heard you when you prayed. Worship Him from the bottom of your heart. Praise him like one who has received answers. If that money you were praying for got into your account, how will you worship God? Now don’t wait till you get the bank alert. The Lord says He has sent it. Whose report shall you believe, God or your bankers? If that lump, cancer, growth, pain or whatever sickness it is suddenly disappeared, how will you praise God? Now praise God that way. Whose report will you believe, God or the doctor? Come on praise the Lord!
Spend all your prayer time thanking God for the answers to all the prayers you have prayed that seem to go unanswered. Do it continuously without making any further request for the next 7days. You shall testify
Pray in the Spirit.