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Praying for our prisons

With so many men and women in our prisons wanting to be free from the life of crime in which they feel trapped, there are enormous opportunities for the gospel. And, of course, there are many pastoral needs, too, not only amongst those serving a prison sentence but also within their families.

May we encourage you to pray for our prisons?

Those who wish to pray daily through the month may like to follow the monthly plan below and perhaps also pray specifically for one or two prisons.

 

June 2021

 

Week 1 - for those in prison
1st

for Christians, struggling with their faith since going to prison, that the Lord will strengthen their faith and sustain them;

2nd

for those desperate to be free from drug and alcohol addictions, that they will receive appropriate support both in prison and on release, especially through ‘rehabs’;

3rd

for believers with a strong faith, that the Lord will sustain them and use them to encourage other Christians and as a witness to other residents and to staff;

4th

that many men and women, especially unbelievers, might respond to BeaconLight’s gospel message – and the offer of a book – in this month’s Inside Time (the paper produced for residents);

5th

for those in prison for the first time and feeling anxious, that they will receive appropriate support from officers and chaplains.

6th

for the elderly, the frail and those vulnerable to self-harming and to attempts at suicide, that they will receive the appropriate level of support and care and be kept safe.

7th

for sex offenders, many of whom are overwhelmed with guilt, that they might come to recognise that they are not beyond God’s forgiveness.

Week 2 - for those who work in prison
8th

for Governors, that they will have the wisdom the need as they continue to manage the easing of restrictions and the controlled resumption of activities and groups.

9th

for chaplains, many of whom have resumed chapel services with limited numbers. Pray that the Lord will sustain them and encourage them as they provide pastoral and spiritual support to the residents.

10th

for healthcare staff, that they will be enabled to care with skill, love and compassion, despite all the demands upon them. Give thanks to God for them. Pray especially for Christians, that they might display Christ’s love to those for whom they care.

11th

for the protection of all officers and staff, that there will be no outbreaks of violence as restrictions are eased.

12th

for security staff, as they work to make their prison more secure, especially by preventing drugs and other illegal substances and items getting into the prison.

13th

for chaplains, that they will seek the help of the Holy Spirit as they prepare and deliver teaching. Pray that they will be bold in teaching God’s Word faithfully.

14th

for all Christians working in our prisons, that the Lord will enable them to bring glory to God as they serve Him in what can be a hostile environment for those who are open about their faith.

Week 3 - for those in prison
15th

for those who are suffering from mental illness, that they will receive the care and treatment they need.

16th

for those vulnerable to bullying and intimidation, that they will be protected from those who would seek to harm them.

17th

for those who are grieving and for those who are concerned for loved ones who are seriously, or terminally, ill, that they might to turn to God and draw strength from Him and His Word.

18th

that many might come to faith in Christ whilst in prison. Pray that the Lord will use the teaching and preaching, the personal and group Bible studies, the gospel literature and the witness of believers, all for this purpose of drawing unbelievers to Christ.

19th, 20th, 21st

It is Father’s Day on Sunday 20th.

Pray for:

  • the children of fathers in prison, that they will have good male role models in their lives,
  • fathers in prison; many will be filled with guilt and shame for failing their children,
  • fathers who have lost contact, or have been barred from contact, with their children, as a result of their criminal offences,
  • fathers with a child in prison – and feeling responsible for it,
  • all children affected by the offending behaviour of one or both parents.

The absence of any visiting for 12/15 months has had a considerable impact on family relationships. Pray for the rebuilding of relationships between children and their father (and, in some cases, their mother).

Week 4 - for families and communities
22nd

for partners, grandparents and others caring for children in the absence of parents in prison, especially with the closure of schools creating greater pressure on carers.

23rd

for probation staff, community chaplains and all who support men and women on release. Pray especially that the vulnerable (and those without family support) will get the help they need to prevent them from reoffending.

24th

for the protection of children whose lives have been dominated by the criminal activity of one or both parents. Pray that they will be kept free from crime themselves.

25th

for ‘rehabs’ (and especially for the Christian ministries), that, through their programmes, many men and women will overcome their addiction and that many will commit to follow Christ.

26th

for families impacted financially by imprisonment (and Covid) and for organisations such as Christians Against Poverty who are supporting them through practical care and advice.

27th

for children taken into care as a result of one or both parents being in prison, that they will be healed from the emotional damage of losing their parents.

28th

that more churches will commit to welcoming and supporting men and women on release from prison.

Week 5 - for victims of crime
29th

for those who have lost loved ones through crime, that they will find healing. Pray especially for the families of young people who have been murdered.

30th

for victims of abuse, that they will find the support they need to help their healing from their trauma.

31st

for victims who refuse to forgive or cannot forgive, that they would be enabled to put aside their anger and their bitterness and move on with their life.

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