The last couple months the prison has had a lot of violence. It has been locked down and most of our classes and services are canceled. It has been frustrating and I have been praying and talking to the men in the church encouraging them to find ways to engage the rest of the population. Until one Friday several weeks ago after the evening meal seventeen men from the church joined together and stepped out in the yard in the center of the housing compound and held hands and prayed. Many looked, some mocked but nobody interrupted these men as they prayed. On Saturday night these seventeen men were joined by 20 more as they gathered in the yard for prayer again. Once again many looked on, some yelled out at them, but no knifes were drawn as these men prayed. Sunday night came and once again these men gathered on the yard, but this time there was a total of 77 men joined together, holding hands and crying out to God. Since that weekend these men have been praying each night with now over a hundred men each night. The violence in the prison has lessened dramatically since this prayer circle has started. Thanks be to God for a few brave Christians that were willing to engage their culture for God!
Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father,a hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.b 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.c And lead us not into temptation.d ’ ”