- Midnight is a good time to pray.
- Midnight is a good time to praise.
- Midnight is a good time to worship.
- Midnight is a good time to be loud.
- Midnight is when someone may be listening.
Although, in Acts 16:25, it really was midnight for Paul and Silas, when they were beaten and placed in stocks, it is also symbolic of our deepest hour during tests and trials. Therefore, midnight can be in the middle of the day.
Their praise in the middle of the night resulted in a miraculous rescue (by way of earthquake!) Not only were they released from their chains, but a jailer’s life was spared. It was customary at that time for a jailer to be punished, even to death, for a prisoner’s escape. He would have rather died at his own hand than by the hand of his superiors. But another miracle happened that night. None of the prisoners escaped! They were all still there, but free from their chains!
A bonus…. his entire family was saved and baptized that same night!
- Pray to God in your midnight.
- Praise God in your midnight.
- Worship God in your midnight.
- Be loud about it in your midnight.
It might still be midnight, but you are no longer in chains, and besides, you never know who might be listening, you never know who might be saved.
Acts 16:22-29 NIV
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
“31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.”