3.15.20 – Paul and Silas Worship in Jail

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This week’s lesson


Our story this week shows us how Paul and Silas chose to worship God in hard times, in a very hard place.
You can find this in your Bible in Acts 16:20-34.
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When Paul and Silas got thrown in jail, were they upset because things didn’t look good? No! The Bible says they were praying and singing to God!  Even when their lives were really hard, they were still worshiping God in jail.

Maybe you’ve never been in jail, but think about this: you’ve probably had some bad days or had things happen to you that didn’t seem fair. Maybe you’ve had a hard time at school, or things at home haven’t gone the way you wanted them to. Maybe you don’t have good friends or you are in trouble at school. Maybe you are fighting a lot with your brother or sister or someone you love has been sick. Maybe you’re worried about getting sick.

Can you still worship God when things don’t look good or don’t seem fair?

The answer is yes!  You can worship God when things are great, and you can worship God during hard times too.

Jesus experienced hard times too — even harder than the hard times we’ve experienced. He was killed on a cross for something He didn’t deserve. Jesus doesn’t promise us that our lives will always be perfect, but Paul and Silas remind us that even when hard things happen, we can still choose to worship God with joy.

Let’s open your Bible and read Philippians 4:4.

What does it mean to have joy and rejoice? Can you be joyful even when life is hard?

Some people can be happy only when everything in their lives goes well, but true joy comes from God. With God, we can have real joy, even during hard times.


Let’s open your Bible and read Philippians 4:12-13.


Jesus gives us strength to worship during hard times. You can’t always choose what happens to you. But you can choose how you react to it.  Paul reminds us that in both the good times and the not-so-good times, we can look to Jesus to give us strength, no matter what.


We can worship God in the hard times by:

  • Trusting Him.

  • Praying to Him.

  • Reading our Bibles.

  • Singing worship songs.

  • Telling others about Him.

  • Having a good attitude.

  • Giving thanks, instead of complaining

DIscussion questions
  • Why did Paul and Silas get thrown in jail? 
  • Why do you think Paul and Silas worshiped God when they were thrown in jail?
  • What did Paul and Silas do when the jailer was upset? 
  • When we are going through a hard time, how can we worship God?
  • Look up and read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Is it easier for you to rejoice always, pray continually, or give thanks in all circumstances?
  • How can you rejoice (have joy) always? 
  • What does it mean to pray continually? 
  • What can you do to give thanks in all circumstances? 

remember this

In this story, God brought a mighty earthquake that shook the prison and set all of the prisoners free.  Then God helped them even more by allowing Paul and Silas to do something very important — tell others about Jesus. Paul and Silas got to tell the jailer and the jailer’s family about Jesus, and they all decided they wanted to follow Him too.

Even in hard times, we can worship because we know God is still with us and He will help us through our hard times.

You can worship God at church, you can worship Him at home, you can worship Him when things are going great in your life, and you can worship Him during your hard times too.

Ask God to help you choose joy and choose to worship Him during hard times.  What can you do to remind yourself to focus on God and worship Him?


Here’s a playlist for you to praise God all week!

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.    Psalm 34:1


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