Blog post from Randi Spearman, November 2009
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16: 25-26
Many people are trapped in the prison of their minds. Paul and Silas were imprisoned too, and it was their praise that set them free. When God heard their praises, He began tapping His foot. Pretty soon, the earth, His footstool, began to shake. The bands around the ankles of Paul and Silas fell off. The prison doors swung open, and they were free. If we will praise God as Paul and Silas did, we will see the doors of our own prisons swing wide open.
The Spirit-filled Life Student Bible says:
Prayer and singing were so much a way of life for Paul and Silas that even in difficult circumstances, they continued to respond from their hearts in praise to God. The relationship between their song of praise and their supernatural deliverance cannot be overlooked. Praise directed toward God can shake open prison doors! Praise will also cause bondages and temptations to drop away. We have to learn to praise God even when things are not going well, not only for the purpose of deliverance but because God is worthy of our praise regardless of what is happening to us.