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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.

 

September 2021

 

Week 1 - for those in prison
1st

for the men and women recently  released and with a history of reoffending, that they will have the support they need to break that cycle.

2nd

for those overcome with guilt and shame for their crimes, that they might turn to Christ and know that they are forgiven and cleansed by His sacrificial death;

3rd

for those who have turned away from the faith they once held, that their time in prison will lead to a firm commitment of their lives to Jesus;

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, for wisdom 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 and faith groups on a limited scale. 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 officers and staff who are feeling weary, that God will give them the stamina and energy they need to fulfil their duties and give them the willingness to go ‘the extra mile’ when needed. Pray that those taking holidays this month will enjoy rest and be refreshed.

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 the men and women who are fearful about the future, that they might turn to Christ and find hope, both for this life and for eternity.

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

for men and women with confused beliefs; pray for wisdom for chaplains that they will be able to clearly communicate the truth of the gospel.

19th

for the protection and safe resettlement of those being released this month.  Pray that those who wish to attend a church will settle in one that is welcoming and supportive.

20th

for those who consider themselves a Christian but only by tradition and ‘doing religion’, that they will encounter Jesus during their time in prison.

21st

for those who have been rejected by their family or have cut themselves off from their family, that they might receive emotional support. Pray for the Lord’s help to those who are longing to restore their relationships.

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 men and women in dispute over access to, or custody of, their children. Pray for wisdom for those with the responsibility of making decisions in the best interests of the children.

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 whose lives have been seriously impacted by injuries and trauma; pray for their healing and that they will be enable to live fulfilled lives;

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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