J is 27 years old. He was arrested for aggravated robbery when he was 21 years old. He attempted to rob a store at gunpoint because he was young and foolish and wanted money to buy dumb things that 21 year olds want to buy.
During the robbery, the store owner ended up grabbing the gun from J, turning it on him and pulling the trigger several times.
I believe that in that moment, God stopped that gun from firing because he had bigger plans for our now brother in Christ. God knew J would become a spiritual brother to my husband and encourage him as he began his prison ministry. God knew J, a white man, would defy prison rules and become inseparable with a black man - the two even becoming cellmates - and they would, side-by-side evangelize and minister to inmates in the rec yard and in the blocks. God knew J would do such a good job in his electrician training that even his instructor would question him about what made him different. Once guess as to what J told him. God knew that J would be willing to leave friends, family, women, money, and street cred behind in order to serve Him. God knew that J would be a powerful witness to His power to transform lives.
I may not have many readers but tonight I just feel like I should use what voice I do have it to solicit prayers on this man's behalf. As faithful as he is, he still has fear. As optimistic as he is about his future, he still gets discouraged. As much as he knows God will protect him, he still has to deal with things in prison that would frighten anyone. And as much as he knows he has spiritual family waiting for him to get out (hopefully within a year), he still can feel alone.
Lord, tonight I just ask you to protect J. Put a hedge around him and protect him from people who may want to harm him physically, mentally, or spiritually. Please fill him with hope for his future and strength for the journey. Please show him favor and renew his spirit every day. Put people in his path that will strengthen and encourage him. Provide him with the wisdom and knowledge that he needs to thrive in Your kingdom. Give him peace and joy that only you can give. - Amen