“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.  He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)

Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.  Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your won bodies.”  (Hebrews 13:3)

Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice Of The Martyrs Ministry, spent 14 years in solitary confinement in a Communist Romanian prison.  During this time, even the luxury of seeing colors was withheld from him, as he was dressed in grey clothes and held in a grey cell.  His existence was sustained by one piece of bread a week and water.  Every day, for 17 hours a day, he was forced to sit upright with his eyes open and listen to repetitive brainwashing like “Communism is good.  Christianity is stupid.” His human contact came only as abuse from his torturers and prison wardens.  14 years.

Later, he wrote a short book called “Tortured For Christ”, documenting all that happened.  Interestingly, although forced to endure 17 hours of mental torture a day, when he was left alone, he would walk his grey cell, giving sermons from memory and praying.

What he found out later was that others could hear him.  The other prisoners in solitary confinement listened through the walls and were comforted and sustained by his presence.  And he was comforted and sustained by his Christ Jesus.  Only God knows how many souls were saved over those 14 years, but Richard Wurmbrand would say if even one believed because of what happened to him, it was well worth everything he endured.

As we pray for our brothers and sisters in prison, let us do so with the hope and expectation that their circumstances glorify the name of Jesus Christ.

Prison is often a place where people are sent to be broken and forgotten about.  But God forgets no one.  And when His children are arrested and put in prison for His sake, they are not alone.  Christ is with them always.

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