Release the Prisoners

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:18-20

One of Twila Paris’s songs says: “We’ve got to rescue the prisoner/ Prisoner of war/ That’s what he came here for . . . / This is not the enemy/ Flesh and blood have been deceived/ When we move beyond the anger/ We will see/ We’ve got to rescue the prisoner.”

Paul writes from prison as an ambassador in prison. He knows the real prisoners are those the devil holds captive in the chains of sin, guilt, and the fear of death.

The only freedom for spiritual prisoners in this world comes through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul asks for maximum help in proclaiming the gospel. He asks for prayer.

The prayers of God’s people made a powerful difference in his life and ministry. They always do.

Over and over again I have seen that the pivotal difference between success and failure in minis try is prayer. In prayer we align ourselves with God’s will; we give God’s Spirit free sway. And God responds. The prayers of people who are right with God are powerful and effective (James 5:16). Never underestimate the power of prayer.


Like Paul, help me be a better person who both prays and is constantly asking for prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.