In Your Darkest Hour, Pray and Praise

  • Acts 16:22-26, 33-34 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… At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them.
  • Acts 5:40-42 …They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Whoever heard of rejoicing and praising in our darkest hour? That’s exactly what you need to do to keep your eyes on the Lord and not be overwhelmed by the circumstances. What you say determines which spiritual force you put to work. In your darkest hour, it is even more important to put God’s Word to work rather than Satan. Paul and Silas were severely flogged and thrown in prison – inner cell and feet fastened to the stock. At midnight, instead of grumbling and complaining, they prayed and sang hymns. What a powerful example to the other prisoners! It didn’t stop there as God intervened with an earthquake which then ended with the salvation of the jailer and his family.

In Acts 5, the apostles were flogged and ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus. They didn’t complain but instead they rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. They continued teaching and proclaiming the good news of Jesus being the Messiah. They made an impact for the kingdom. How do you react in your darkest hour? Do you need to change the focus from the circumstances to the God that is bigger than your circumstances?

How to react in your darkest hour:
  1. Do like Paul and Silas and praise God and pray. It gets your eyes off the situation and unto the One who can change it all. Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  2. Meditate on scriptures that pertain to your situation. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation and guide you into all truth.
  3. Use your power and authority by commanding the mountain to move in the Name of Jesus, if this is required for your particular situation. The Word also says that “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18).
  4. Pray with someone who is spiritually strong and can claim victory over the situation, if you can’t do it yourself. In addition, agree on the victory with your prayer partner, as Matthew 18:19 states: “if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Call to action:
If you are experiencing a difficult situation, don’t give in to your circumstances but find out what the Word says about who you are in Christ, what you can do, and what your rights and privileges are as a child of God. Praise God for the victory as Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).