I have read this verse dozens and dozens of times but this morning I felt a quickening in my spirit- I know I am not doing this. How about you?
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
With all that is going on in the world there are many, many, many brothers and sisters in Christ – children and adults – being persecuted, jailed, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Imagine for just a moment (that’s all we can bear) that you or your loved one was one of those ones being beaten, jailed or persecuted. Would we ever leave our knees? I believe we would be pleading night and day for freedom, for the grace to endure and strength to remain true.
The author of Hebrews tells us to remember the prisoners – the ones mistreated – as though we, too, were chained with them…does that cause you pause? Not so much that we, too, could be literally in chains but more so how little we plead for – remember – cry out for our brothers and sisters who are suffering greatly even as I write this and even as you read it.
Lord, give us awareness, give us compassion – may we remember and pray as though chained to them at this moment.
P.S. As I pondered this verse the evening I wrote this VC I thought to myself, I don’t really know specifics about persecution going on now. Where can I find out information? I wondered if there is a “Voice of the Martyr” website, which I then quickly found. http://www.persecution.com/
But then I thought (I’m not proud of this – but it makes my point) I will read it tomorrow because if I read it right before bed I may not be able to sleep!!! Oh, my!!! That I might lose some sleep in my soft cushy bed when brothers and sisters are losing sleep because of chains, hunger, and wounds on hard, cold, damp, cell floors. I chose to survey the website and select one to pray for that very evening.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.