“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  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.” Acts 16:25-26


How much of our prayer is based on us? Is it based on what we want to receive from God, what we are going through, what our situation looks like, how we are feeling, how we are doing, how we are treated?


Prayer is a thing of the heart and the greatest prayer is meditation. By prayer we take hold of God’s promises by faith. All real meditation and worship will bring a response to God because to pray is to bring ourselves to God’s mind, not to drag Him to ours. The engagement of our heart toward God, yielding our faculties to Him, triggers a response and that response could be thanksgiving, praise, confession; and God’s response will be timely and reliable; He will work through you and in you for a greater answer to your prayers. 


To meditate is to focus only on God. By focusing on God, faith comes spontaneously. Focusing on God puts everything in its proper perspective. If the focus of Paul and Silas had been on their unjust imprisonment, when the earthquake shook the prison and loosed their chains, they would have instantly escaped. But instead, their praise directed their focus on God and they became a channel of blessing, prophecy and salvation to the prisoners and the jailer and his entire family. Mediation changes our focus and faith causes things to happen. Meditation shifts our focus from the natural into God’s presence. When your heart gets into God’s presence, your thoughts turn to reality. To know God’s presence is to know His power.


From inside the prison cell, God revealed to Paul the jailer’s intention to kill himself and he cried out, “Don’t harm yourself, we are all here!” (Acts 16:28) They did not interpret the outward signs to favour them but rather submitted to God’s leading in every step. After the jailer and his household had received salvation, they left the prison not as runaways but they were escorted to freedom in honour and dignity as Roman citizens who had been mistreated.


Whatever situation you are in, it is too early to complain, too early to jubilate before finding out what God says about it. Take this lesson from Paul and Silas: You can pray amiss, but you can never ever praise amiss. When you praise, you take the focus off yourself and it is only then that you can become a channel of God.









“Where we desire vengeance, God pursues mercy. Where we encourage pride, God exalts the humble, where we focus on the outside, God looks at the heart. That is the greatest mystery of all – the God who created us now dwells not in temples built with human hands but within us by faith in our heart. (Acts 17:24).”


“IIf you enter a lift to go to the penthouse of a skyscraper building, how many of you would first press to go to down to the underground car park? No one! Yet, in God’s way of doing things, it is our job to submit and humble ourselves under Him and His job to lift us up in His time and in His way. In other words, humility is God’s lift for elevation.”


“In Matthew 22:21 Jesus said, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” What is of God must return to Him. With the Word of God in your heart, you can one day return to Him in the world of glory.”