We all ask God for help. Even people who are not Christians but believe in a supreme being or something more than this physical world will cry out for help in time of need. We all have encountered difficulties in this life and we have suffered injustice. We live in a fallen world full of evil, selfishness, crime, war, hate, addiction, and much more that results in pain, sadness, hurt and consequences of our own wrong motives. We are able to forget and deal with much of the pain that comes our way by pushing it back until we forget or are faced with new challenges.
When we encounter the Lord, Yeshua, and accept that He is the way, the truth and the life we are faced with confessing our brokenness – our sin, and accepting the free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him in Heaven. In exchange for our burden of sin, we are pardoned for the debt we owed and could never pay. The Lord takes all of our sin and puts it in the sea of forgetfulness. The love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit and we become a new creation. Instantly we are healed and we are restored over a period of time as the Lord determines. As believers we learn the supernatural power of forgiveness. The world remains the same, but we are no longer of this world, we have a new life hidden in Messiah.
In consideration of all this the Lord is interested in setting us free. In the Spirit we are born again instantly, but in the natural we are still in this world. Our memories, patterns of thinking, habits, beliefs about certain things, preferences, and emotional wounds still remain to an extent. Everyday in the Lord as we mature and walk in the light by the Holy Spirit, we grow up into the image of Yeshua more and more. We are set free when the Lord shows us His compassion. He does not want His children to be burdened or captive to wrong thinking, bad memories, bad habits, or anything that would separate us from Him, but He is patient and knows best how to take out the garbage.
Some years ago I was in a prayer group and we were praying for the Lord to bring freedom. Someone asked for a volunteer who would like to receive freedom from past hurts. At that instance, I recalled a very painful injustice that I suffered during college, which I had totally forgotten, so I volunteered. As we prayed simply the that the Lord would do according to the word, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8: 36). I began to get a mental picture of my painful experience during college. Someone prayed Lord show Steve where you were as he was suffering. In my vision I saw that Yeshua was right next to me, during the whole episode. He felt the pain just as I did, He saw it from my perspective and experienced it just as I did. We prayed that He would set me free and He did. The memory remained, but the pain of it was gone. It wasn’t a life controlling issue and it had been forgotten for twenty-five years, but it had been there as a buried spot of darkness and I had been alone in my pain. Now, the pain was gone, I was free of it, because He had taken it away, by His presence through His lovingkindness and mercy.
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6: 37). God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5). God does not leave us to ourselves, He wants to restore us and set us free. It is for freedom that Messiah, Yeshua has set us free. (Gal. 5: 1). When we go to our Father God and ask for the very thing that He wants us to have, we can be certain that He will give it. I don’t know that you will have a memory of a lost recollection or a mental picture of Yeshua standing at your side as I did, but I know for certain that if you will go before Yeshua in prayer, and believing, ask Him to set you free, He will do so. The Word of God says so. I know there are intercessors in the congregations of believers. There are prayer gatherings, prayer groups, and times set aside for prayer. There is no where on earth to which God cannot send a prayer warrior. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt. 18: 20). God sent Phillip to the Ethiopian Eunuch and Peter to Cornelius house, Jonah to Nineveh, Annas to Saul, Paul to the Gentiles, and too many to list them all.
Lord, Yeshua, to those whom your Holy Spirit has touched in reading and hearing your word, that you came to set captives free, and for these with faith to believe your word; grant them the courage to face the pain they once suffered, and show them where you were in that moment and then in your great mercy set them free in your mighty name, Yeshua, Messiah.