Though prayer is not specifically mentioned in these verses, we can gather from verse 13 that Paul placed a high priority on prayer. It was a large part of his dependent attitude toward all he did. As they sailed from Troas, with stops at Samothrace and Neapolis, I can only imagine the time Paul and Silas spent thanking God for the way He had directed them and praying that He would open effective doors before them as they entered the city of Macedonia. They headed to a river in Philippi “where [they] supposed there was a place of prayer”. What is your priority in ministry?
If we truly are led by the Spirit through dependent prayer, it should not surprise us that three things are going to happen:
1. Satan will use his emissaries in an attempt to discourage or persecute so that the work of God stops.
2. God will give us great joy in the face of difficulties if we are dependent in prayer. A jail cell becomes a cathedral of praise such that God moves the earth and the souls of men.
3. God will open hearts to believe the gospel and persons will immediately obey in baptism.
How close is your walk with the Lord? Is it such that the Spirit can clearly make known the mind of God and make your ministry more effective?