If you’re part of the body of Christ, you’re joined to prisoners. We’re in this together.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
When a truck struck and killed a young woman towards the end of 2016, a man I grew up with from youth group, a friend, had his life change forever. As the driver, he was instantly imprisoned in guilt, remorse and grief. Months later, he was sentenced by the judge. He’s still in prison.
It’s changed us all, most notably his family. This week, I’m staying at their place.
I’ve been praying for him and his family for months, but last night I saw a news report on a similar accident where the driver didn’t go to prison at all. I felt renewed faith to believe for early release.
So today I did a study of bible heroes who were imprisoned (or in solitary confinement). Jesus was a prisoner, so was Peter, John, and Paul. Almost all of the New Testament was written by prisoners. The Old Testament is full of prisoners, too, most notably Joseph but also Samson, Jeremiah and Daniel. The legacy of these prisoners has changed the world, not just during their lifetime, but for thousands of years.
Today, they inspired me. I was reminded of our anointing, our purpose, to believe for the impossible, to see the supernatural, to set prisoners free. Christ came to work freedom miracles – that we’d be free indeed (John 8:36).
Jesus told us that when the nations are judged, one of the criteria for righteousness is visiting prisoners (Matthew 25:36). Yet most of us, haven’t had that as part of our spiritual expression, ever.
I’m prophesying release for my friend. If you’re praying for someone in prison here’s my notes from this morning’s study: Bible prison
Whether we’re physically in prison or not, we can believe that God will repay two blessings for each of our troubles (Zecheriah 9:12) . He’s a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).