The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 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.
I have been reading about the "spider web" of massive, concrete tunnels in Gaza where most of the hostages of Hamas are hidden; and for the past two days the Scripture from Acts (above) has been ruminating strongly in my spirit. In fact, today I even seemed to "see" this incredible, supernatural event that I'm praying Almighty God might bring to pass in Gaza. I prayed, "Sovereign God, You alone know where all these hostages are hidden, deep underground in a network of solid concrete. Do what you did for Paul and Silas, Lord! Cause the ground to shake with a great earthquake that breaks apart the concrete and send mighty warring angels to carry each one of these precious people to safety! Do it, Lord, for Your Name's Sake! Do it to show that you are the God of Israel and God over the whole earth! Your word so clearly displays your heart for the Jewish people and for those who were tortured, beaten, and kidnapped. Some trust in horses and some trust in chariots (some trust in human, military might) but Father, WE trust in the Lord our God who is mighty to save!
I am sending this out tonight in the hopes that you will pray this prayer with me. Our God has always shown Himself powerful and mighty in war, defending His people. He leads out the prisoners with singing! I am singing His praises, and believing His promises, just as Paul and Silas were doing in the prison. May it cause an earthquake to shake the ground, the tunnels to split apart, and His enemies to flee before Him!
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
may his foes flee before him.
May you blow them away like smoke--
as wax melts before the fire,
may the wicked perish before God.
But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Kelly Ferrari Mills