Imagine that you’ve been beaten, thrown into prison and chained to the ground. What would your prayer be? Would you pray earnestly for an opportunity to escape? Would you pray diligently that you would be let go? Or would you pray for God to be glorified and that The Lord would use you to lead others to Christ?
Paul and Silas didn’t have to imagine that scenario. They lived it. In the midst of their imprisonment we are told that they prayed and sang praises to God. The bible doesn’t record their words so we’ll look at their actions:
An earthquake came while the jailor slept. Paul and Silas’ chains were loosed off their feet. They could have slipped off, free to go. The jailor was ready to kill himself because he thought that had already happened. But Paul yelled out “we’re all here” before he could take his own life. The jailor fell before Paul and Silas wanting to be saved. Paul and Silas led him to Christ. The man and his household were saved and baptized within hours.
Their prayer most likely hadn’t been repetitive pleas for freedom but filled with pledges to be willing to be used in whatever way God wanted. Escaping wasn’t at the front of Paul and Silas’ minds, but rather glorifying God in the midst of their persecution.
Focus on praising God regardless of your situation and he’ll work out the details for his glory.