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Freedom for the innocent

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We hear of innocent people imprisoned, held hostage, oppressed by tyrannical governments. We may long to help but feel there's little or nothing we can do to free such captives. Yet there is a way to help. Prayer that acknowledges man's unbreakable, spiritual relationship to God, his creator, is an effective way for each of us to respond to the need for bringing freedom to innocent men and women, wherever they may be in the world.

The Bible records remarkable examples of freedom and justice brought about by prayer. Take, for example, Peter, who had been imprisoned unjustly. In the book of Acts, the Bible relates, "Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." He walked out of the prison. His liberation could not be hindered by chains, soldiers, guards, or even an iron gate.

Prayer, as Christ Jesus taught it, establishes spiritual qualities that cannot be confined. The Lord's Prayer begins, "our Father," and it transcends political or cultural divisions to establish the brotherhood of the children of God. Prayer that comes from the heart of sincerity and reaches the Christlike spirituality that characterizes the Lord's Prayer can open prison doors.

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Living by littles
July 1, 1991

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