The Lord is merciful and abounds in love. He hears the prayers of His saints. Far be it from us to sin against each other by not praying for each other’s needs. The Bible says this about our duty to pray for and help those in chains:
The Sheep and the Goats
31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Hebrews 13:3 – Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Please go read the article at the Boston Globe for more information:
Headline: Afghan Christian could get death sentence
Date: March 19, 2006
“An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death on a charge of converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under this country’s Islamic laws, a judge said Sunday.”
I try and stay away from religion bashing and other senseless arguments… but I don’t see that this man was causing any threat to Islam. What in the world would they want to kill him for? God has never FORCED anyone to believe in Him. That is why He gave us free will. He beckons us to CHOOSE LIFE, and he reaches out to us to draw us to him with “chords of loving-kindness”….
Just as Jesus prophesied, so it is true:
Matthew 24:9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”
How could anyone hate a man that gave his life to save us all? My heart breaks for humanity. If only they all knew the love of Christ and the peace that is found in Him.