Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! (Ps. 142:7)

Lord Jesus, when King David prayed for freedom from his prison, he wasn’t behind iron bars; he was hiding in a cave. It’s obvious he felt pursued, trapped, and alone. It’s also obvious he enjoyed great freedom to own his desperation and abandon himself to you. We do the same on this July Friday.

You’ve already set us free from many slavish imprisonments: The fear of dying, for you robbed the grave of its victory through your resurrection; The fear of judgment, for you were condemned in our place upon the cross. Your death was our Judgment Day, hallelujah!

You’ve freed us from the tyranny of false gospels, for it’s your obedience and righteousness which make us acceptable to God; and the myth of autonomy, for you alone are the sovereign Lord and the King of Kings. When we consider these liberties, why would we doubt your ability or willingness to set us free from other imprisonments?

Jesus, set us free from vain regrets—those haunting memories of what could have been and what should have been. We want to learn from the past, not be enslaved to it.

Break the chains of our fear of aging, obsessions over things we can’t control, and taking things too personally. Give us thick skin and big hearts as we live among all kinds of people. Indeed, we yearn for more freedom from the fear of man, truly a snare (Prov. 29:25). May you grow bigger in our hearts, Jesus, so people will assume the proper size.

Set us free from the power of old wounds and fear of new ones. Some things will only be fully healed by your second coming. Let us be okay with that, even as we trust you to use our pain for the benefit of others. Those you set free are the truly free ones, Jesus. Thank you! So very Amen we pray, in your powerful and loving name.