Of those of us who have come together because we feel called to pray for Jahar – we often realize that we have been praying the same exact things without even communicating about them. However, what’s especially fascinating to me is the way in which the Holy Spirit speaks to us individually and places a specific thing on our hearts. Sometimes it’s something that none of us have ever thought to pray for before. Other times, it’s just something that weighs more heavily on our hearts than it does on others’. Here are two of mine:
1.) For the portion of the SAMs to be lifted that prevents Jahar from having access to a chaplain or group prayer. Would this mean very much to him now? Possibly not – but potentially, it could be an avenue for him to come to Christ. More importantly, the reason that it truly weighs on my heart is because of my own experience. Even within the past year – I was a believer, but I had no deep connections with other believers. I went to church, and I went home….where I felt like an island in my faith. I had no one to read the Bible with. I had no one to pray with. I had no one to encourage me. And so, I fell away from God. I was living life for me – content in my sin – and even starting to doubt His existence. Within the past several months, I have had the amazing opportunity to forge deep connections and lasting friendships with other believers. Because of that, I have found my way back to God. Having other people to get into God’s word with, pray with, learn with, and grow with has kept me accountable and has encouraged me immensely on my journey with God. Those connections with other believers have led me to develop such strong roots in my faith that I feel I will likely never stray from God again in such an extreme way. I am living for Him. My life has completely changed as a result of my relationships with other believers. I know that all things are possible with God – but I still can’t help but fear for Jahar because of these SAMs. If he were to come to Christ on his own (which I fully believe that he can and will) – without other believers to pray with him and for him, to answer his questions, to encourage him – it would be so easy for him to fall back into his old ways. My heart is so heavy with the desire for Jahar to have access to other believers so that when he does come to faith in Christ, he will not fall away the way that I did.
2.) For God to give Jahar even a tiny glimpse of His plans for him. We have all read the stories. It is almost inevitable that inmates in solitary confinement will eventually be affected by mental illness, depression, and/or suicidal thoughts. Of those of us who have felt called to become prayer warriors for Jahar, many of us believe that God has plans to use Jahar to build His kingdom. If Jahar were to come to Christ – his testimony would be so incredibly powerful because of who he is and what he is accused of – that he would inevitably be able to help grow God’s kingdom in a huge way. It is this dream for Jahar that gives us hope. It is my prayer for Jahar that God would reveal to him even the tiniest piece of His plans for him the way He has to us – and that because of that knowledge, Jahar would have the same hope for himself that we have for him – that it would give him a reason to want to keep waking up every single day, despite what he is facing.
Would you join me in praying for these two things that the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart?