A friend calledme, who reported that they had received a collect phone call from Eric in the middle of the night. They said he was suicidal. After talking with him for about 45 minutes, he finally began to calm down a bit. Evidently he has been living in the elements for several months and caught up in his addictive lifestyle which has resulted in several health issues.
Interestingly, I had prayed for Eric just yesterday...before I knew about this phone call. I prayed for him based on Isaiah 49:8. I decreed that there was a door in the darkness that Eric could walk out. I called to Eric to walk through that door into the light. I told the chains of oppression to loose him now and that he would walk into his true identity....in the Name of Jesus.
As bits and pieces of information came in, Eric had been arrested about a week ago...before his phone call to my friend. Because of his charge, he should have been kept in jail but due to some sort of glitch, he was released. I believe he probably had time to sober up and begin to reflect on his life...then he was suddenly released without a place to go and hopelessness swept over him.
After talking with my friend, Eric walked around the city and was picked up by the police again. They were looking for him due to his early release - that should never have happened. He will probably be there for a few weeks or months. I do not know what lays ahead for him but I do feel he has an opportunity to choose life. I believe Eric has walked through the door out of darkness. I pray he embraces life and the true identity of being God's chosen son.
(The above post happened about 18 months ago..............he is out of jail - keep praying!)