21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 4 : Family - Salvation, Protection & Provision
A. Devotion Acts 16:25-33
Salvation is individual and a family is made up of individuals who live together. God instituted a family and it brings Him great joy when we worship Him, honour Him and bring glory to His name as a family. Salvation is important because, when God's Spirit dwells in us, we can walk in the mind of Christ every day.
Let's see how it worked for Paul and Silas in Acts Chapter 16.
Paul and Silas was in jail, yet they were singing praises through songs and hymns. Then there was a violent earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison (Acts 16:25). In the midst of difficult circumstances, Paul and Silas were singing praises and giving thanks to God. How was this possible? It was because of this powerful spirit in them. This made an impact on the jailor, who witnessed how the Lord saved them from the chains of prison. The jailer sought to be connected to this same joy and peace that Paul and Silas had. This convicted him to ask what he should do to be saved. It's a great challenge to bring a person to this point of conviction, to ask what he should do to be saved. How powerful salvation is! The message was not preached but it was practiced for a non-believer to see. Our salvation experience should impact other people in the household.
Verse 34 states that it brought great joy because the jailor and his household came to believe in God. There is fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11). The presence of the Lord brings freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
B. Application / Self-reflection
- Does your life reflect this joy of salvation for your household to see?
- What do you think you can do in order to lead someone to this experience?