About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the rest of the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds of all the prisoners came loose. Acts 16:25-26
Everywhere you go there is a spiritual atmosphere. You can feel it if you are sensitive. Prisons have an atmosphere. I would imagine that normally a prison is a place of “doom, despair and agony on me”.
Paul and Silas found themselves in prison. They’d done no crime. They were only serving people and preaching a life-giving message. Now, they were in prison. But they didn’t give in to the atmosphere. They changed the atmosphere.
Most of the time, we adjust to the environment, and do what is expected. I promise you it is not expected that someone will pray and sing hymns in prison—especially not after having been severely beaten—but Paul and Silas were doing just that. I picture the spiritual atmosphere to have been pretty well charged up. Some other prisoners might have been singing along, or at least smiling. They may have thought these guys were nuts, but Paul and Silas didn’t care.
You can change the atmosphere wherever you are. For the 10 weeks we were in ICU with our youngest son, Nathanael, we were told that it had never been that peaceful for that long. I know that we changed the atmosphere there. You can, too.