This morning’s readings include Acts 16, starting at verse 16, where Paul and Silas upset some important people and get beaten and thrown in prison. We are told the jailor, following instructions, put them in “the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.” (verse 24) What do Paul, and Silas, do? They lead the other prisoners in singing hymns! Basically they hold a praise and worship service, at midnight, in the prison.
We are told of an earthquake that “opens all the doors” and frees the prisoners. We are told of Paul, and Silas, bringing the jailor to faith in Christ. We celebrate the freedom they have received and the freedom the jailor receives. If you are like me you would like to know “the rest of the story” about the jailor - but we are not told that part.
My question(s) this morning, though, are about our prison(s). My thoughts go to the “stocks” that are holding each of us from being “free” in Christ. Just like ‘facing our giants’ there are things holding each of us back - addictions, fear, finances, emotions, Spiritually and the list goes on. Do we hear Paul telling the spirit to “come out in Jesus name?” Do we really believe in Christ as Paul is showing the jailor? Can we be free?