Many people in need of Messianic transformation and critical deliverance fail to understand the spiritual medicinal-like balm that exists within the proper praise and worship rendered to God. Paul and Silas understood that powerful worship and praise, even while under duress, could provide spiritual breakthrough.
Many people refuse a position of prostration and praise and implode with ineffective self-remedies that negate breakthrough and deliverance. Because of the disrespect Israel and Judah unjustifiably unleashed upon prophet Jeremiah, he attempted to silence the Word and praise of God that was exploding inside of him. He said, I will not “speak any more in his name. But his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jeremiah 20:9). Although Jeremiah was a victim of attempted murder and false imprisonment more than once, he refused to silence his praise and allowed it to breakthrough and ring out for God his Master.
For preaching the gospel, Paul and Silas were stripped naked, beaten, cast into prison, and their feet were bound in chains (Acts 16:17,20-24). Instead of making excuses, developing a plan of escape, arguing and blaming each other, or wallowing in self-pity, they turned to God. They were not looking for a way to breakout they were seeking a way for the Spirit of God to breakthrough or Break In.
At midnight Paul and Silas began to worship and praise God through prayer and singing. The earth began to shake vigorously and Paul and Silas were set free. As a result souls were baptized as well (Acts 16:30-33). They participated in breakthrough worship. Worship can transform a depressed heart into one of joy; a downtrodden soul into one of triumph; an irritated spirit into on of contentment; and catapult a non-believer to the watery grave of baptism.
Instead of harboring an attitude of retreat and defeatism, the apostle Paul and his temporary cellmate Silas worshipped the Father. Worship changes things and we can worship Him until breakthrough. Each God-given Sunday extends itself as another opportunity for Breakthrough Worship. Do not neglect your opportunities. You are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!