I love this story. It shows the power of praise, and how it can unlock breakthrough, not only in our lives, but in the lives of the people around us. We see Paul and Silas thrown in jail, beaten, and persecuted for sharing their faith and their love for God. Despite their circumstance, despite being in chains, they were able to fix their eyes on Jesus. They saw their circumstance as an opportunity to praise God! Their faith and love for God far outweighed the chains holding them down. I don’t know if I, personally, could say that I have the same faith to respond the same way they did.
But praise God, that the power of our praise, and effectivity of our prayer, does not depend on us, but the One who we direct our praise and our prayer towards! He is the God of breakthrough! He is the one who can bring freedom in our afflictions, bring restoration in our marriages and relationships, break us free from our “prisons”, and bring salvation to people far from God!