Because of changes in security policies I’ve switched from facilitating Bible studies in the maximum-security unit and now serve in the protective custody unit. I’ve been intentional about not writing blogs because the guys in protective custody are a more vulnerable population.
Unfortunately, that means I haven’t been updating my prayer support group for quite some time now. This past week exemplified what happens when I go in without prayer support. The study did not go well. But in retrospect things have been degrading for a while. Ironically, even as I was facilitating Bible studies on the importance of living in community I was failing to update and connect with my own extended support group.
I cannot do this alone.
I don’t mean to imply that I was leading the Bible study solo. One of the other chaplains is in there with me most weeks. But rather, I was, am, and will be, in need of the men and women who support me, and the men in jail, with their prayers.
Prayer support is critical preparation.
Imagine trying to:
- do a craft project with no supplies
- make a meal with no cooking utensils
- do woodworking with no tools or machines
- play in a symphony with no music
Trying to facilitate a Bible study in jail without adequate prayer support can be just as frustrating as the examples mentioned above. I need the prayer support of others. We are in this together.
I Cor 12:12-20,26-27
Unity and Diversity in the Body
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.