Isaiah 43:5 Fear not:
for I am with thee:
I will bring thy seed from the
east, and gather thee
from the west;
6 I will say to the north,
Give up; and to the
south, Keep not back:bring
my sons from far, and my
daughters from the ends
of the earth; 7 Even every one
that is called by my name: f
or I have created
him for my glory, I
 have formed him; yea, I
 have made him.
Acts 16: 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

Opened Doors
In Acts 16 we find Paul and Silas in prison.  They prayed and sang to God and the prison doors were opened.  This miraculous story has been an encouragement to Christians throughout history to praise God even in times of trouble. When we praise God in times of bondage He will set us free from the
chains that bind us. I have found this works in my own life. When burdens have me bound I begin to praise and the load lifts. When impossible trials torment me I begin to thank God for being with me and the huge problems look just a little smaller. I see a door opening with His light shining through. This week as I prayed and thought about what God would have me write for
the thought this week I read this scripture again. This time I looked at it from just a little different point of view.  I wondered whose idea was it to begin to sing.  Was it Paul or Silas?  One must have begun and the other soon followed the lead and joined in the praising.  The scripture says the other prisoners heard. I wouldn't doubt that they also joined in on the
praise session in prison. What a great example for us to follow.  When things aren't looking so good, began to praise God.  Set an example. Others will see your positive attitude and follow your lead. Who knows how many doors will be opened because
you chose to look above your circumstances that have you bound and lead others to pray and sing praises to God.