Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (5/30/2014)

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A few years ago, I had a vision which demanded a decision.

In it, I visited a dark, smelly prison cell in North Korea. A young Christian woman was the only prisoner there. She had been repeatedly raped, beaten, tormented, and abused. The cell was freezing cold because it was winter time. She wore a tattered, thin dress and had no blankets to protect her from the frigid temperatures. She ate rice husks and was starving to death. A bucket in the corner was her toilet. Rats scampered around her feet.

My level of Christianity could do little to help her. She needed something more than a big smile, a pat on the back, and a “Just trust Jesus ” from me.

As I stood there, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “Will you trade places with her?”

If the young lady had been standing in front of a firing squad, I would have gladly volunteered without hesitation. I am not afraid of death, but that was not the case.

The horrible conditions paralyzed my tongue.

If I could have, I would have rebooted the vision to anywhere but that rat-infested cell. I wanted to yell, “No. Find someone else to take her place. I will pray for her and give extra money to missionaries, but this it too much to ask from me.”

Somehow, I remembered my words to the Lord on the day He saved me. I asked Him to send me to the places no one else wanted to go to. What could I do?

“I trust You, Lord. I will take her place,” I whispered through sobs.

The vision ended.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, help us American believers to remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since we are also in the body. (Based on Hebrews 13:3)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

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2 responses to “Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (5/30/2014)

  1. Wow, Mr. Larry . . .what a vision and what a request He made, one you couldn’t turn away from, and didn’t. But boy , it sure makes me think and pray with you. One thing I always think of is if I didn’t have Aub. .. But these dear ones who are imprisoned have children too. So my prayer deepens. Thank you!
    Kind of funny, but I was reading Matthew chapter 5 this morning. . .”Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you . . .Rejoice and be exceedingly glad . . “. Matthew 5:11,12. I was struggling knowing that I was not in a place where I would be exceedingly glad over being persecuted. Praying those who are suffering for Him this day to get a foretaste of that very great reward that will be theirs.
    God bless you!

  2. Debbie,

    Some of my prayers and words do not ascend as high as the ceiling in my room, but others pierce through heaven and end up in God’s back pocket. The Father then takes them out from time to time to remind me of them. I’ll have to wait and see, but I feel sure my statement about taking the young woman’s place will be played back to me again in the future.

    One of my best revelations of God is that He is omniscient. David said in Psalm 139:16 – “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

    That means when God called Debbie, He saw right where you would be at this moment. And still, He went ahead and called you. God is not a God of wasted effort. So, He has a way for you to come forth in your calling. You don’t have to worry about Aub, your family, or anything else, He will make it happen. Period.

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