Many people may know the story of Paul and Silas in the Bible, or not. When you get the chance, take your time and read the Book of Acts chapter 16: 16-34. To sum the story up, Paul and Silas were two missionaries who were beaten and thrown in jail for their faith, and the action of their faith. While in the cell, rather the cry and sulk, they began to sing songs of praise. At midnight the chains were broken and the ground shook, not only were they set freed but the prisoners around them were also set free.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
It is key to remember the fact that at midnight the chains were broken. Also not only their chains, but also the other prisoners around them were released as well! The guard almost killed himself from disbelief. I also found myself wondering, why release everybody? I realized, any prisoner that witnessed such a miracle, could not possible defy the supernatural power that set them free. Like, let me get to that level. They would rather be part of that journey, start afresh with a God who does exceedingly and abundantly more than is asked.
But what is the deal with the midnight hour?
It was at midnight that the firstborn of Egypt were struck (Exodus 11:29) and it was at midnight that David prayed to God (Psalm 119:62). The Lord moves at midnight. The Lord is with us protecting us every hour of the day but it is at midnight, when you could be comfortable in your bed, you instead choose to send out prayers and a voice of praise, where the supernatural begins to happen. Because you have left your comfort zone, He too will do something that will make those around you uncomfortable. People will not understand how blessings and testimonies are pouring into your life, because while they remain in their comfort zone, you are up and active and at war late into the night.
Understand midnight to be a turning point. In the natural, midnight signifies a turn from one day to the next, a change, a new beginning. I believe that the same can be said for the spiritual. Often times opposition choose to attack at midnight, in our dreams or “desires”, temptation, because we believe no one to be watching. However, it is at midnight that your breakthrough awaits, where you step out on your own, nobody is watching, you have nothing to prove and all your praise to give that God will show up. A new beginning is always in position when you step out of comfort. Midnight prayer is a fight against the hands of the enemy. When you could be resting but you surprise the enemy with a blow to the head, it has to back off!
I encourage you to hold strong to whatever fight you may be enduring and continue to pray. Be it the midnight hour, 2am, or 10am, continue to pray and know that your breakthrough is coming in the new day.
At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. – Psalm 119:62