As Paul and Silas prayed at midnight, the prison grounds shook and the gates were flung open. The keeper woke up and was about to kill himself thinking the prisoners escaped but Paul shouted on him not to.
As the keeper brought the light to see their faces, trembling, he asked them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, you and your household will be saved.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and his family. So, they got saved and they rejoiced.
So, Paul and others were asked to be thrown out of the prison but he refused arguing that as Romans, they were not to be treated that way and insisted that the magistrates were called to release them themselves. So they came and begged them and they left.
After all this, Paul went to the Thessalonian church proving to them using the Scriptures that Jesus whom he preached to them is the Christ.
A large number of them believed but the Jews that didn’t, with envy in the company of some touts, turned the city upside down.
They arrested Jason, whose house the Christians were gathered, with some others, took them to the rulers and accused them of preaching another king different from Caesar. So, they troubled the whole city.
There is power in prayer! As long as we can call on God with a sincere heart, He is ready to send help to us. God’s answer to our need is a miracle for some people’s salvation. Call on Him, He will answer.
As the keeper was given the word of God, remind yourself that the word works. Take the word of God and declare it with faith in your heart. It will change you and change your situation.
Oh Lord, help me to focus on your word. May I use prayer as the tool you have given me to achieve wonders for your Kingdom.
Reading – Act 16:25-17:9
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 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. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”
37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”
38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house,where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
- Acts 17:5 Or the assembly of the people