Episode Summary:

In this episode, we talk with a guest who found herself in one of the worst situations a parent could face. Her son had been arrested, charged with murder, and incarcerated. Shonda Whitworth shares how she learned to pray for an incarcerated son and how you can too. She discovered how to maintain her hope and continue to pray even when it seemed God wasn’t answering.


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Quotables from the Episode:

  • In the courtroom of heaven, God is the judge, Jesus is our advocate and represents us, and Satan is our accuser.
  • Limiting negative thoughts come from our accuser, who uses us to God “day and night.”
  • Satan is the prosecutor in the courtroom of Heaven, accusing us day and night to God, our judge.
  • As we enter the courtroom of heaven, we repent for our thoughts and actions, Jesus covers us with His shed blood, God forgives us and washes away the charges against us, and the accuser has been silenced.
  • There’s only one advocate who is able to come to our defense in the courtroom of Heaven: Jesus.
  • Jesus couldn’t do miracles in His own hometown because of the disbelief there. We must pray, believing.
  • Freedom is a person, not a location.


Scripture References:

  • Romans 8:1 TPT “So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.”
  • Hebrews 4:16 TPT “So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”
  • Luke 18:1 TPT “One day Jesus taught the apostles to keep praying and never stop or lose hope.”
  • Luke 18:8 TPT “God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting, in the same way as the widow. Even so, when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of undying faith on earth?”



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About Shonda Whitworth:

Shonda Whitworth, authorShonda Whitworth writes, teaches, and speaks at conferences and retreats to share the hope of healing and restoration we have in Jesus. After her son landed in state prison, she realized the hardships families of prisoners encounter. She and her husband, Eldon, founded Fortress of Hope Ministries, a nonprofit organization that offers hope to families affected by incarceration. Shonda transparently shares her testimony of living with a son in prison at ShondaWhitworth.com and FortressofHopeMinistries.com.



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Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson


On today’s podcast, Shonda Whitworth found herself in one of the worst situations a parent could face. Her son had been arrested, charged with murder, and incarcerated. She shares how she learned to pray for her incarcerated son while maintaining hope. Then, how she continued to pray even when it seemed God wasn’t answering.