“Listen to the moaning of the prisoners.
Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times
for the scorn they have hurled at you.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will thank you forever and ever,
praising your greatness from generation to generation.”
(Psalm 79:11-13, NLT)
Last night was pretty emotional for me because of a couple of things. But I wanted to share one thing out of that that I hope moves other people as well.
I was going through the Bible, just flipping through. I was thanking Jesus for all He has done: taking God’s wrath upon Himself; humbly becoming man; and going to the rugged, splintering cross for our sin, so marred that people could not recognize Him.
And then, I came to Psalm 79. Verses 11-13 in my NKJV Bible immediately brought the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu to mind. It was the prayer and cry of my heart for these girls: “Listen to their moaning, Jesus. Save them. They could be about to die.”
There are other verses like this one that can be prayed as well:
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”
(Psalm 68:6, NIV)
Just as Jesus came to “ransom captive Israel” (Isaiah 35:10; Jeremiah 31:11), He has come to set all people free, in the realest sense of the word (Luke 4:18). It is my “Christmas prayer” that Christ would “demonstrate His great power by saving those condemned to die” (Psalm 79:11). And I pray that you would consider saying this prayer, too, that:
- Jesus would hear the cries of those in captivity, especially the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, but all people in general.
- That He would move in a powerful way to save those who cry out to Him.
- That He would “lead out the prisoners with singing” (Psalm 68:6)
- That He would bring those oppressing people to justice.
- That all people everywhere would know Jesus and praise Him for all He has done.
Praying out scripture is powerful. Please join me this Christmas in pleading with Christ to move in tangible, visible ways for these precious young women. May we cherish the gift of freedom, and most importantly, pray for the spiritual salvation and freedom of these women, and of all people.
Merry Christmas, friends—thank you for your faithful prayers and support.
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