Acts 16:29-31 NIV – The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Whatever the mess, or the chaos or the brokenness of life that we need saving from, the answer is the same, for there is only one answer for salvation: Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and your household.
This is the incredible reality of God’s salvation that gives supernatural faith to those who believe. Today, may we receive this fresh empowering of the Lord to both believe and to boldly preach to those who are in the prison/dungeon of sin and death. May we be a Paul and Silas for others.
Today, let’s pray for our churches to receive supernatural faith as we witness the Lord unfold his plan of salvation in this generation. As we pray, let’s also worship with the song “How great is your love” by Phil Wickham (Click here).
Prayer: Father, we pray for your salvation plan to unfold in power and in miraculous ways. Lord, empower us as we minister to this generation that is in desperate need of your salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Acts 16:26 NIV – 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.
This is what salvation of God is. In his power, the Lord shakes the very foundation of what keeps people in bondage, in brokenness, in shame and fear, and under the power of sin and death. The doors that were once unopen-able are now flung open with great power and force. The chains that were once unbreakable, are now undone and comes loose.
This is the foundation shaking reality of salvation. Any and all chains of oppression—whether it is something that has occurred in our past, what we’ve done or have been done to us, the Lord violently shakes and breaks its hold.
Today, let’s pray and worship with the song “Did you feel the mountains tremble” by Jesus Culture (Click here). As we worship, let’s ask the Lord to shake the foundations of those who need God’s rescue in our ministries.
Prayer: Lord, your salvation shakes the very foundation of sin and death. We thank you for shaking the foundation of our lives, and now we pray for the shaking of the foundation of those we are ministering to. We pray that the prison doors will open, and the chains come loose. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Acts 16:25 NIV – About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
In the depths of the dungeon in Philippi, we find Paul and Silas beaten and bloodied, with their feet shackled to the stocks. In many ways this dungeon represents the whole city of Philippi—a place that was captive to sin and death, where everyone lived in darkness as in a dungeon.
It was in this place that Paul and Silas begin to worship and pray. As they usher in the presence of the Lord, it changes the very atmosphere of that place. So much so that even the other prisoners were listening as they experience the presence of God coming and invading and changing the atmosphere of the dungeon.
There is something incredible that occurs when God’s people worship and declare God’s salvation in places of darkness and oppression. May we in times of difficulty, confusion, and discouragement, like Paul and Silas (though bloody and beaten), experience the Lord changing the very atmosphere as we begin to pray and worship.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we worship you and invite your presence today in places of our struggles. May your presence change the atmosphere in our homes, workplaces, school, and in our alone times. We ask that your light will shine in the places of darkness. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Let’s worship with the song “Holy Spirit you are welcome here” by Jesus Culture (Click here).
John 1:9-13 NIV – 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
“The right (or power) to become children of God must be given by God. The images of verse 13 rule out any role for human power or authority in the process of becoming a child of God. Those who are receptive to the Son are offered the gift of becoming children of God themselves.” [Rodney A. Whitacre, IVP Commentary on John]
All saving faith is supernatural! The faith that we have in God’s salvation has been supernaturally given to us. This is regardless if you came to faith later in life, or if you have grown up in the church, all saving faith is supernatural. For the basis of our salvation is through the divine and supernatural work and presence of God. Where the Lord comes to the very dungeons and broken areas of our lives, to bring his foundation shaking gospel tearing down the prisons and the chain that once held us captive. Now in that place he gives us his resurrection life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the supernatural faith to receive you and believe in your name, and to become the children of God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Let’s worship with the song “Jesus only Jesus” by Matt Redman (Click here).
Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT – Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
Our highest privilege and deepest need is to experience the holy God as our loving Father, to approach Him without fear, and to be assured of His fatherly care and concern. When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives, we too can cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit that proceeds from the relationship between the Father and Son is implanted in us…Apart from Jesus, we are all spiritual orphans. Our rebellious and sinful nature cut us off from God the Father. The price of our adoption was the death of God’s Son. C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.” [Brad Wilson, Ephesians: How Jesus Creates a New People in a New World, p.27]
Today, let’s pray thanking the Lord for the supernatural saving faith that has brought our adoption. As you pray, worship with the song “You never fail” by Hillsong (Click here).
Prayer: Father, we thank you and praise you for the glorious grace that has been poured out upon us. We are saved because of your wonderful plan of salvation that has been supernaturally give to us. We belong to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.