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? Would you pray 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.
What did they pray?
The bible doesn’t record their words so instead we’ll look at their actions:
An earthquake came while the jailor slept. Paul and Silas’ chains were loosed off their feet. The jailor was ready to kill himself. And then Paul yelled out “we’re all here”.
Escaping must not have been at the front of their minds.
The jailor humbly fell before Paul and Silas. He wanted to be saved. Paul and Silas explained to him salvation. The man and his household were saved and baptized within the hour.
Leading others to Jesus must have been the bulk of their prayer.
The next morning Paul and Silas were free to go worship with their new brothers and sisters in Christ.
God has every situation working for your good. You focus on Him. He’ll work out the details.