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Freedom

Romania

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, was in prison in Romania for a total of 14 years. While he was in prison, he wondered if he should pray for freedom.

“It is not necessary to be free to please God,” he thought. “Which commandment could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell? “The apostles were afraid during a storm and wanted to be rescued (Luke 8:22–25). Jesus answered their prayer, and they escaped drowning. Later they were martyred. In this world, rescue from troubles is only temporary.

“I will not ask to be freed.”

To Think About: Do you agree with Pastor Wurmbrand’s decision to not ask to be free? What did Pastor Wurmbrand mean when he asked, “Which commandment could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell?”


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