"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them."
A friend recently told me about a young woman on her own who came with her newborn baby to the community picnic my friend’s church was hosting. The young woman said she’d been walking past the church not long before and had heard the singing. Soon after the picnic, she started bringing her son to the church’s kids’ camp; then she asked to speak with the pastor. As a result, she committed her life to Jesus Christ.
When we openly worship God, who knows what effect it may have beyond our relationship with Him? Well, actually, He does. As He did with Paul and Silas’ fellow prisoners and jailer, along with the jailer’s household, God is breaking people’s chains, helping many to know there is Someone to turn to Who is worth believing in and worshipping, Who will totally love and accept them. Worship is a magnet that draws us closer to our Lord, and those who happen to be in the vicinity may be pulled in as well, finding freedom from their own dungeons and eternal release through Jesus for their souls.
"I WILL SING OF THE LORD'S GREAT LOVE FOREVER;
WITH MY MOUTH I WILL MAKE YOUR FAITHFULNESS KNOWN THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS."