An inmate in my Bible study was transferred to a state prison. Today he wrote the following:
“I was talking with one of the guards whom I have talked with many times. I sensed his oppressed spirit and asked, “Is everything okay?”
“That was all it took. He shared that his daughter had just undergone brain surgery. The next day his wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer!
“Astounded, I calmed my spirit asking God to use and guide me. I asked, ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the healing transforming power of the Son of the living God?’ There was a pause and a tear rolled down his cheek. ‘I used to… but…’
“I let it sink in a moment longer before I asked if I could pray for him. Everything around us faded away: sights, sounds, distractions. It was just the two of us. There were no uniforms or distinctions of authority, no staff vs inmate. We were two men connected by the bond of humanity and concern. I prayed for God’s peace to heal his heart, to nurture his belief and to comfort him.
“Afterward I asked if he would accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. There was an emphatic nod of acceptance. We prayed for God to forgive his unbelief. We asked for a renewed spirit, asking Jesus to come into his life and heart. It was an emotional experience for both of us. Afterward we shook hands with a nod of acknowledgment, parting ways.
“A few days later he returned with a sense of strength and hope. He told me he’d attended church on Sunday and made a decision to change his life.”
- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
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