Pray As If We’re Saeed’s Fellow Prisoners

March 4, 2013

Heb. 13:3 says, “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Are we doing this? If so, how?

In obeying this command and in having empathy for others as if the agony was happening to us, we would certainly be compelled to do all we could to alleviate the other’s pain. For it’d be our pain, would it not? In undergoing the persecution, the mistreatment, the injustice, the cruelty, the torment, the sense of abandonment, the uncertainty, the anguish… that many people are enduring, even for the sake of the Gospel, we would run to take hold of whatever means we could to free them / to free ourselves.

One such person we are able to help is Saeed. The ACLJ has already headed to Geneva today to place our signatures and petition before the U.N. Human Rights Council. (If anyone has not yet signed it, your signature can still be added.) Besides adding one’s signature, besides supporting them with monetary contributions, we can pray.

Prayer, with grateful praise to God for His goodness, His might, His love for justice, His ability to work all things out for good (Rom. 8:28), and His ability to do miracles in impossible situations (Ps. 77:14 // Luke 1:37), is the most powerful thing we can do. God works through our work, but our top-priority work is prayer.

Right now, today and tomorrow, we need to be praying that God will move and direct the hearts of kings (Prov. 21:1) –those who make decisions and judgements and decrees. Let’s be praying that the ACLJ team will use the Holy Spirit’s own words, wisdom, tone, attitude, and timing; that the Council leaders will listen and take action; and that Iran will understand that they must release Saeed –and then do so immediately. (See and hear new clip from his wife at: )

Let’s pray as if all of us were being held in that prison with Saeed.

with love,

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