22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:22 – 30)
Today we begin our reflection on the Discipline of Worship as we consider the theme A World in Need. Later this week we will consider the Discipline of Fellowship.
A. W. Tozer, a famous American pastor of the early 20th century is quoted as saying:
“The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.”
We might not automatically see a link between worship and a world in need but when we consider Biblical examples, the link becomes very evident. The attitude we have towards worship directly impacts the way the world sees God through us. The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic provides an excellent example of a world in need. In circumstances like this, how can the world see God through us?
Our passage today presents the dramatic story of Paul and Silas in prison. I am struck by their attitude of worship in difficult circumstances and the impact on those around them.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the question below.
In challenging times, how can a life of worship positively impact the world?