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Today’s Bible reading in Acts 16:25-32 tells us about an event that happened one night while Paul and Silas were in jail. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
The jailer knows he is doomed. He has failed in his duty, and his shame and guilt are more than he can bear. So he decides to end it all. No hope. No future. Nothing left to live for. Many people have traveled down that road and ended up like this jailer, wanting to finish it off. They are afraid of what lies ahead, and there seems to be no way out.
But you know that there is a God who cares for you, who has the answers to all your needs. Often it’s through a Paul or Silas that he rescues. To the question ‘What must I do to be saved?’ there is only one sure answer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” That’s how a jailer and his family found peace. Simple, yet profound life-changing words that give for those who believe, even in the worst of disasters peace and hope.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, you have taken care of what I need most, forgiveness for the sake of Jesus. Help me to remember when I come into the company of those in despair Paul’s words, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Amen.

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