“I have a prayer list that I think needs to be passed along to as many people as possible. The world seems like it’s falling apart from COVID-19, racial tensions, and senseless violence. ‘As in the days of Noah’…right.”
These words came from a recent letter sent by a friend in prison. Many are being faced with the reality that so much in life is beyond their control. This is a hard lesson that everyone in prison had to learn very quickly. The question is, how will you respond? That’s the topic of our latest article, Fear and Faith.
My friend’s letter goes on to request special prayer for the jobless, homeless, the sick and dying, those mourning loss of loved ones; and for those involved in and impacted by violence and abuse.
Perhaps you have been in prison; if not physically, perhaps bondage to sin; to worry, loneliness, fear, or depression; to the “cares of this world” (Mark 4:19, Luke 21:34). When you’re in prison, you’re not free. But even in prison — especially in prison — you can pray.
This poem was given to my by its author, Joshua Harrison, with his permission to share it. Can you relate?
I am tormented all day long, by the thoughts of the past;
Just how long will the devastation, and my loneliness last?
There’s so much pain in this world, that we’re destroying our very souls;
We can’t simply wish it all away, by digging deeper holes.
Looking at the headlines today, that are always in the news,
There’s only one real answer, and only one tool we should use.
Looking to imperfection to save us, is certain foolishness indeed;
We cannot change things on our own, ’cause it’s Jesus that we need.
My heart breaks for the suffering that I see on TV every day;
I pray that God will heal our land, so that we will be okay.
It is indeed Jesus that we need. He proved that there’s nothing too evil, too dark, or too painful for God to redeem. He is setting people free today! And someday, God will indeed heal His world. Until then, keep praying.