Jesus sets us free

The word captive conjures up some very specific imagery. Usually, it includes a person wearing shackles or someone being thrown into a dark prison. But the truth is, we’re all captives to one thing or another. It could be something obvious like drugs or pornography, both of which do great harm and keep us from glorifying God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). However, there are thousands of things, many of them seemingly harmless, that keep us from the true freedom Jesus provides. (See Luke 4:18.) Perhaps you are captive to praise and suffer whenever you feel overlooked. Or it might be that you crave success and spend too much time striving for wealth or power. Yes, even good things like hard work and relationships can keep us in bondage if we’re not careful. But thankfully, Jesus came to set the captives free – all of us. Think about places in your life where you aren’t truly free. This will require some time spent in prayer and meditation-you can also use a journal if it helps. Figure out where you are being restrained, and ask God to help you shake off those bonds.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 3, 2022.

Interceding for a Nation

From our perspective as individual citizens, nations wield great power and authority, and it seems as if one person would be unable to bring about any change. But Christians can impact a nation with their prayers. In fact, the way we can play a part in reversing the downward trajectory of a nation is by interceding for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2-4). As James 5:16 tells us, the prayers of a righteous person can accomplish much. We should faithfully appeal to God on behalf of our country’s leaders.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional, July 4, 2022.


Prayer is an amazing privilege by which God involves us as He accomplishes His will in our lives and in the world. During hardships and trouble, we come to Him in weakness and helplessness, asking for His aid, strength, and guidance. Then He answers according to His good and perfect will.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 9, 2019.

Rejoice, pray, give thanks!

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Joy is appropriate at all times.  Praying without ceasing does not mean pray repetitiously or continuously without a break, but rather pray persistently and regularly.  Thanklessness is a trait of unbelievers.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.