house O Lord we pray”
• Know the hymn it goes on to say: “Bless these walls so firm and stout,”

• Paul and Silas were praying and praising God;
• And their motives were genuine!

Quote: Charles Haddon Spurgeon who said:

“It’s easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but the skilful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by…. Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of men”.

• Sometimes we use the expression an “acid test.”
• This term originated during times when gold was widely circulated.

• Nitric acid was applied to an object of gold to see if it was genuine or not.
• If it was fake, the acid decomposed it; if it was genuine, the gold was unaffected.


“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of one candle....”

Paul and Silas:

• Refused to let the darkness of their circumstances;
• Put out the light of Christ in their hearts and minds.

• It may have been midnight in the jail;
• But Paul & Silas had the light of Christ to illuminate them.

• They may have been bound by shackles,
• But their spirits were certainly free!

• Prayer and praise are powerful weapons;
• God responded by sending an earthquake to shake up the prison.

(3). The owners are imprisoned by their own greed (vs 19:

• These owners do not care about the girl’s well-being,
• They are not concerned about exploiting her and making a profit off her.

• They certainly are not pleased by the fact she is now mentally whole and well.
• They care only for their wallets! They are imprisoned by their greed.

• Leo Tolstoy once wrote a story about a successful peasant farmer;
• Who was not satisfied with his lot. He wanted more of everything.

One day he received a novel offer.

• For 1000 rubbles, he could buy all the land he could walk around in a day.
• The only catch in the deal was that he had to be back at his starting point by sundown.

• Early the next morning he started out walking at a fast pace.
• By midday he was very tired, but he kept going, covering more and more ground.

• Well into the afternoon;
• He realized that his greed had taken him far from the starting point.

• He quickened his pace and as the sun began to sink low in the sky,
• And he began to run,

• He knew that if he did not make it back by sundown;
• The opportunity to become an even bigger landholder would be lost.
• As the sun began to sink below the horizon he came within sight of the finish line.
• Gasping for breath, his heart pounding,

• He called upon every bit of strength left in his body
• And