"...He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives... (Luke 4:18 NASB)
He came to set the captives free. What a wonderful Savior! Captive is an interesting word. Of course, we immediately think of it as meaning a prisoner who cannot get free, but the Merriam-Webster online dictionary has an additional definition that is amazing. It defines captive as "held under control of another but having the appearance of independence". Isn't that an incredibly accurate picture of the hold sin has on our lives? It's like a sticky spider web. The more we struggle, the more enmeshed we become. There is good news, though! Today, Jesus saw our desperate, entangled situation, and came to break our chains and set us free.
Today, pray that we would lead in our families by admitting our sin-captive state and allowing Jesus to set us free. Pray, too, that our children will recognize themselves as not only enmeshed by sin but also completely unable to set themselves free, and that they will cry out to Jesus for the freedom only He can bring.