Tomorrow (Monday, May 7) is the second hearing in the trial of Pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned so far for 18 months in T on trumped up charges. He is discouraged, but has a captive congregation with him in a very crowded cell.
Pray for him to trust in the Lord, finding his rest, hope and joy in Jesus. It is, humanly speaking, highly unlikely that he will be released or acquitted because he’s being held as a political pawn.
But we don’t pray for things on a human level, but on a heavenly level for the Creator of all, the Breather of Stars, Beginner and Ender of time, the Savior of all who believe, to work in the way He knows best.
Pray for Pastor Brunson to come to the place where a “yes” or a “no” is the same for him. Ask that he sees this imprisonment as his new ministry; that he has a big, international platform on which to demonstrate his faith; that God has a specific plan for him, just as He did with Joseph in Egypt.
Pray that he will reject self-pity and replace it with self control; that he will reject complaining and replace it with the sacrifice of thanksgiving; that he will reject human thinking for the heavenly viewpoint; that he will reject worldly wisdom for heavenly wisdom; that he will let go of what is temporal, hold on to what is eternal and rise above, knowing that God is doing big things here in this painful situation; that he will choose to live the truth that Knowing Jesus is Enough for Joy.
Pray also for his family to do the same things, as it is hard for them to see their husband and father in such a difficult, unjust and painful situation.
Let us praise God now for what He is going to do.