Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” (Acts 16:25-28 NLT)
As I reflect on where I was last year this time, I begin to give God a crazy praise. I have written about being broken, torn and confused but I didn’t mention through all of that I never stopped praying and praising. I remember almost giving up and God said “This is a contradiction of everything you stand for. How can you pray to Me and praise Me and give up?” God showed me that praise and prayer were the key to coming out with my hands up. When I was in my mess and messed up, people would often tell me that I was putting on a façade because I wasn’t really okay. Well I really was okay because I never stop praying and praising God for what He was going to do. When it seemed like the walls were closing in on me, the air didn’t get thick enough for me to stop praying and praising.
I thought about my midnight experience with God. I remember praying for every part of my life and asking for God to enlarge my territory. I was in a dark place that I had not experienced before. I had been through things but I had never felt like I didn’t know what to do. I never stopped praising and praying; I never stopped pushing; I never stop giving God all that I had even when others thought I was insane. I remember receiving a phone call offering me release from my bondage. The chains were falling, but I didn’t stop praying and giving Him praise. Just like Paul and Silas, I continued in worship even though I was released.
Have doors ever begun to open for you and you didn’t realize it? Have you ever been on the verge of your breakthrough but you never stop praising? Have you ever been broken and torn but you still believed God? Have you ever prayed and praised God despite what your circumstances were?
I have been in all of these circumstances a time or two or one-hundred. It takes prayer to be able to say my bills are due but I will praise You God! My spouse is acting up but I will praise you! I don’t know how I am going to get to work but I will exalt you! I don’t know how I am going to get my house out of foreclosure but I will lift your name on high! I don’t know how this is going to turn around but I am going to worship God in all truth and righteousness! I don’t know how I am going to walk away from this situation without getting revenge but you said vengeance is yours!
I am writing you today to tell you get ready because your midnight is going to come. When it does, I want you to continue to pray and praise your way out of bondage the same as Paul and Silas did. I don’t want you to be so wrapped up on what God has done that you lose focus of you have to pray and praise Him through the good, the bad and the ugly. Your midnight is going to come so be sure you are staying prayed and praised up!
I thank You for being who You are in my life. Despite what I have been, God You are the most stable and consistent person I have. I am praying and praising You because You are worthy to be praise! God, I am not praying to ask for anything, I am praying to give you all of the honor and all the praise. I exalt Your name through the good times and bad times. God, I thank You for what You have done and what You are going to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to check yourself and figure out do you praise and praise through your bondage. Do you give God praise despite what is happening in your life? If you are not praying and praising God regardless of your situation, it’s time to start! God is building up a people that are going to praise Him while they are in their mess, while coming out of their mess and when out of their mess. God wants to take the chains off of you but He wants you to pray and praise until you get your release!
Take a moment and share how you’ve prayed and praised your way through your release.
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.