The Problem to Your Problems
And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. (Acts 16:22-25)
Acts 16 finds Paul and Silas in a challenging problem. The leaders of the city they were ministering in had illegally come against them, beat them publicly, and threw them into the deepest, darkest hole in the prison.
Many Christians would see this as an opportunity to cry and complain to God about their predicament. Their prayers would sound more like a mix of sobs and defeat.
But Paul and Silas knew about the power of their words. At midnight, when the day was at its darkest, Paul and Silas were at their loudest. Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God so loudly that the prisoners throughout the jail heard them.
Their praise brought deliverance. The earth shook and responded to the praise of men under pressure. Praise is a problem for your problems. When you praise God despite how poorly your body feels or how bad your situation looks, your spirit takes control to declare the goodness of God.
Regardless of what difficulty you currently face, decide to use the powerful weapon that God has given you to defeat any problem that stands in your way, and praise your way through.
Practical Application – Pause right now and praise God with your own words. Praise Him for what He has done in your life and praise Him for what He is going to do. Praise Him for who He has revealed Himself to be in your life.
Psalm 18:3; Psalm 21:13