“I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethen, you did it to Me” Matthew 25:36 & 40, NKJV.
It’s a blessing to see that Jesus directly addressed people in prison in scripture. He knew they would need support and encouragement to not give up on God and to not give up on life, especially in these times. He knows that God still has a purpose and plan for their lives, and as long as they have life, there’s something to live for.
He loves those in jail so deeply that He acquainted Himself with them. Jesus puts Himself in their place. He says whatever you do to the least of these, you have done it to Me. When you visit them, you’re visiting Me. When you take the time to write them a letter, you are taking time to write me a letter. It’s as if He’s there in the jail cells and when we support them, we support Him. We’re helpers of God to do a mighty work in their lives.
With everything going on in the world, it can be easy to forget about this work God wants us to do and forget about the imprisoned. In His eternal word, He didn’t forget about them, neither should we. In verse 37-46, Jesus gives a hard truth and shows that He sees the heart of the believer that doesn’t help the needy, visit the sick and those in prison.
Search your heart about visiting and ministering to men in prison and detention centers. Know that whatever we do for them, we do it to God.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for speaking to me. Those in jail are my brothers too. Help me Jesus to be Your hands and feet go help them. I begin by praying for their soul and that You meet their needs. I ask that your angels protect them and divert harm from them. Increase them in the knowledge of You and remind them with You, life is never over. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Matthew 25:34-46