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.


May 2024

Week 1 - for those in prison
448 1st

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

449 2nd

for those who have recently lost contact with, or custody of, their children. Pray that they might receive emotional support and turn to God for comfort. 

450 3rd

for those for whom this month will be especially painful, triggering, for example, the memory of the loss of a loved one or the loss of contact with a child or family.

451 4th

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.

452 5th

for those who have come to faith while in prison: give thanks to God and pray that they will grow in their faith with support from other Christians.

453 6th

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

454 7th

for those falsely accused of sex offences, that their convictions will be overturned on appeal. Pray for their lawyers and others working on their behalf.

Week 2 - for those who work in prison
455 8th

for all who provide bereavement counselling, that the Lord will sustain them, especially during times of heavy demand upon them.

456 9th

for all Christians – staff and volunteers - working in our prisons, that the Lord will enable them to bring glory to God as they serve Him and seek to be ‘salt and light’.

457 10th

for the Lord’s help to volunteers engaged in letter writing, that their letters will bring comfort and encouragement to the men and women who receive them.

458 11th

for the Lord’s wisdom for chaplains as they provide pastoral support to the residents, especially those who are deeply troubled, e.g., by anxiety, guilt, shame and grief.

459 12th

for all Christians working in our prisons, that the Lord will enable them to bring glory to God as they serve Him and seek to be ‘salt and light’.

460 13th

for chaplains and volunteers who are leading Bible study groups; pray that the men and women will be responsive to God’s Word.

461 14th

for those preparing messages for chapel services, that the Holy Spirit will give them the words to speak; pray that the gospel will be proclaimed boldly.

Week 3 - for families and communities
462 15th

for children with a parent in prison that, wherever possible and appropriate, they will be able to maintain contact with their parent.  Pray for the protection of those children who are at risk of turning to crime themselves.

463 16th

for families impacted financially by imprisonment and for organisations such as Christians Against Poverty who support them through practical care and advice.

464 17th

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

465 18th

for communities troubled by an increase in violent crime, that effective policing will reverse the trend.

466 19th

for churches which have a dedicated ministry to ‘ex-offenders’, that they will have sufficient volunteers to give time to mentoring and supporting the men and women referred to them.

467 20th

for community groups, charities, schools, youth workers and others who counsel young people against the carrying of knives and other weapons.

468 21st

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.

Week 4 - for those in prison
469 22nd

for those who consider themselves a Christian but only by tradition and ‘doing religion’, that they will have a true encounter with Jesus while in prison.

470 23rd

for men and women who are violent towards staff, that they will receive specialist support and treatment if needed.  Pray that God will intervene in their life, convicting them about their behaviour and of their need of Jesus.

471 24th

for all believers who are witnessing to Christ, that the Lord will grant them wisdom and boldness.

472 25th

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.

473 26th

for the men and women who will be released over the next few weeks , especially those without a family to support them, that they will get suitable accommodation and support from agencies.

474 27th

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.

475 28th

give thanks that many bible study groups are held each week. Pray for chaplains and volunteers who lead them and that, through the study of God’s Word, believers might grow in their faith and unbelievers might commit their lives to Christ.

Week 5 - for victims of crime
476 29th

for those who have lost loved ones through crime, that they will find healing through their grief.

477 30th

for those feeling the shame of a crime committed by a family member and consider themselves victims (and perhaps ostracised in their community); pray that they will find support from Christians and be enabled to forgive their family member.

478 31st

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