May 25, 2018 – Friday
Hebrews 13:20-21 [KJV] Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I have a confession to make, and I know Jesus will walk me through this. I can receive visitors just twice a month, the first two Fridays of the month, each time for about four hours. In the past 24 years, only one person visits – he started about three years ago, and now my girlfriend sometimes rides with him. But each visitation day, I lose the Peace of God. I start focusing on all that might go wrong. Will my friend get sick? Will his car break down? Will traffic make him miss the time deadline to get in the prison? Will my girlfriend’s grandchildren need her on the visitation day? Will a lock-down keep everyone from visiting on that day?
Even though I pray about it, I lose focus and I’m not prepared for what God wants me to do that will be well-pleasing in His sight. I know what scripture says. Yes, the Peace of God is there to help you and me stay prepared to carry out every good work God plans for us to do.
But sometimes it is hard to stay focused and prepare for His needs, not mine. And before the start of visitation is my weakest time.
Today, as you finish your work-week, allow the Peace of God to help you stay prepared to do every good work. In this way, others will experience His love and presence before they go home and start the weekend.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for offering me a peace that surpasses all understanding. Give me strength to accept Your peace so I can do every good work for Your Kingdom. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA