While imprisoned for his faith in Christ, Richard Wurmbrand (1909 - 2001) was tortured by Romanian Communists. He talks in detail about what happened to him in his book, Tortured for Christ. He discusses how as part of their strategy to break him, they played recordings of a child (the same age as his son) being beaten in the cell next to him. The screams nearly drove him insane, and the guards tormented Wurmbrand by telling him his family would cease to exist.
They would also make him sit in a steel chair for hours upon hours, not being able to move an inch, and repeat over and over again, "There is no God. There is only communism." They would torture him repeatedly. One way was by placing handcuffs on him as tight as they would possible go but they where not normal handcuffs, on the inside of these were nails that was drove into the skin, so he couldn’t move his wrist even an inch because the pain would become unbearable.
I could go on and on about all the different ways they tortured this man because of his faith in Christ but somehow, the Romanian minister did not cease in his praying. When an officer saw him knell in prayer one day, he shouted, "Why would you pray? You have lost everything! What do you have left that you could possibly be praying for?" Pastor Wurmbrand looked up from his agonizing situation and replied, "I am praying for you."
What a testimony to that officer about the love of Christ! Pastor Wurmbrand took serious the words of Jesus when He said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) This is a hard passage to follow but a great testimony when it is practiced. Will you try this month to love your enemies, to love the unlovable, and to pray for those who might be trying to bring you down?