The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely. WHen he received these instructions, he put them in the inner-most cell and secured their feet to a stake.
About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened..." (Acts 16)
We draw courage through our God to speak to you the gospel of God with much struggle (I Thessalonians 2:2).
No kidding! And from the Treasury of Daily Prayer this morning came the reminder that in our struggle against sin we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our blood. i'm starting to see a pattern here. How's the struggle going? If you are struggling, take heart! Things worthwhile are worth struggliing for a while. No more path of least resistance.