Don't Wait For Prison

Updated: May 21

I think we can all agree that the recurring theme throughout this book is the absolute importance, nay, the necessity of PRAYER. 

The testimony that is given by the woman with the two young girls (pgs 40-49) is a deeply moving one.  After having been “chained to one unhealthy relationship after another, even to the point of endangering (her) own daughters,” she finds herself arrested with a possible 25-year prison sentence looming overhead. At a complete loss, in a literal jail cell, with nothing left to do and nowhere else to turn, she cries out to Jesus. And He hears her. And He helps her. And she sees Him. And she’s a forever-changed woman. 

REAL talk though: Personally, I find it incredibly difficult to pray for my own needs/wants. I’m more than happy to pray for absolutely anyone and for anything they may be going through, needs or wants. But when it comes to praying for myself in hopes of receiving any type of blessing, it’s a challenge.

But why is it so difficult? I guess I must think that it’s somewhat selfish of me, or that I don’t want to inadvertently pray for something against God’s will. Maybe I just feel that God knows my heart whether I ask in prayer or not. Whatever my reason, we know that it’s not what God wants for us. He says so Himself:

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Philippians 4:6  “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Even Jesus prayed to God asking that He be spared from the inevitable torture that lied ahead of Him.

Matthew 26:39 “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’”

So for those of you that can understand and/or relate to this hangup of mine, let’s choose to get uncomfortable and include our own wants/needs during our prayer time. And let’s not wait until we’re being held captive in a “jail cell” with nowhere else to turn. Let’s pray NOW, right now. Let’s create an inevitably life-changing habit. Pastor Jim mentions “The more we pray, the more we sense our need to pray. And the more we sense a need to pray, the more we want to pray” (pg 53). 

So let's get "selfish" and present our desires to the One who set us apart before even forming us in the womb; the One who knows how many hairs are on each of our heads; the One who loves us with an everlasting love. Oh, how He loves us!