Prayers For Prisoners

prison, also known as a correctional facility, jail, penitentiary, detention center, remand center, or internment facility, is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Prisons are most commonly used within a criminal justice system: people charged with crimes may be imprisoned until their trial; those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified period of imprisonment.

Being incarcerated can make an individual feel like they have hit rock bottom. These prayers for prisoners can help to alleviate the physical and emotional challenges they may be faced with during their time of incarceration.


He who is in prison should repeatedly recite the following prayer (God willing) he will gain his freedom.

“O’ God! beseech Thee for forgiveness, health, and safety from every calamity of this world & hereafter.”


When we pray, God hears us – we’re starting a conversation with the creator of the universe. When we pray, we partner with God to seek His kingdom.


Prayer for Spouses In Prison

Dear Lord,

You are so good and your love endures forever!  Thank you for marriage!  We lift up couples who are facing hardships right now, especially husbands and wives who have a spouse in prison.  We may not know or understand all of their circumstances, but you do and we ask that you intercede for them.  Grace and mercy are powerful elements to a testimony and we know that you are a loving God who knows the hearts of those in prison.  We pray for salvation and the truth to enlighten any husband or wife that does not know you.  We pray that forgiveness heals and restores any of these relationships that have been severed. We submit to you our Judge!  Whatever happened Lord we trust you and know you to be our REDEEMER!

In Jesus name AMEN!


Prayer For Christian Prisoners

Loving heavenly Father, we pray for the many Christians who are being held in prisons, both at home and abroad, simply because they trust in the Lord Jesus as Saviour – many of whom have been falsely accused of crimes or deliberately set up to fall foul of the law– simply because they are believers in Your name. 
 
Lord we pray that You would be with each one in their imprisonment. Break any bonds of fear and bitterness – and may the love of Jesus be shown forth in their actions and attitudes, so that those with whom they have to do, recognise that there is something very special about them, and the God Whom they serve. 
 
Set each one free we pray not only from their physical incarceration but also from their spiritual prison – Help them to rest in the Lord Jesus, knowing that in a small part they are participating in the fellowship of His suffering. 
 
Use each one as a witness of Jesus Christ and may many be drawn into the kingdom of God, simply because of their gracious love they display in their time of great difficulty, in Jesus name we pray, 
 
Amen

Prayers For PrisonersPrayer For Incarcerated

Prayer for Every Person that is Incarcerated…..

Heavenly Father, I bind all of satan’s evil spirits that are in _______’s presence, in this prison and anywhere they will go today. Heavenly Father, according to Your Word in Matthew 16 and 18, You have given us the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever we bind and loose on earth shall be bound and loosed in heaven. I ask You, to loose Your mighty warring angels in great abundance into _______’s presence; and any areas that they may be in today. Heavenly Father, it is written in Psalms 91 and Matthew 6, that You are our deliverer and I ask that You give ________, total freedom, total liberty, and total salvation from all evil that may try to interfere with Your Will for _______ while he/she is incarcerated. Heavenly Father, I ask You to give ________ deliverance from all sickness, addictions, anger and influences of satan. I ask You Lord to deliver them from all bitterness, resentment and past memories that are keeping them from moving forward and making the best of their lives while they are incarcerated. I ask You Lord to help __________ to use this time to develop a closer relationship with You, Lord. In faith, Father God, I am thanking You for giving _______total freedom, liberty and salvation from all these things according to Your will. May these deliverances be used to glorify You, Heavenly Father and become a testimony to You and to all of the inmates and jail employees that ________ will come in contact with while incarcerated… Heavenly Father, I ask You to render harmless and nullified, destroyed and cancelled the power of any plans that satan might have for ________ while he/she is incarnated. Heavenly Father, I ask You to fill ________with your precious Holy Spirit and with all the fruits of Your Spirit including Your love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faithfulness, and I ask You to loose into each of them a spirit of repentance, conviction, and wisdom. I ask that You Lord, continue to release Your presence and Your glory in and around ________and the prison (jail) that he/she is in. In the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

—- By Keys To The Kingdom Deliverance Ministry


For My Husband Who Is Returning To Prison

Lord Jesus, help me I pray. I am in anguish and sadness that my husband has been returned to prison and ask that You would show him the error of his way and cause him to repent of all his sins and to leave this life of crime and hate behind. 

Lord it breaks my heart that my husband, whom I love dearly, has been like this for so long and although he knows that his life-style is very wrong, seems unable to break the pattern of crime and violence. 

Lord You alone can change the heart. You alone can convict a man of his sins. You alone can bring my husband to the point where he renounces his criminal-type life-style and lives a normal life. Lord I believe that You are the God of the impossible and so I lay the life of my husband before You and pray that in Your mercy You would step into his life and bring him to Yourself – for nothing but You can break the power of sin in his life, in Jesus name I pray, 

Amen


Prayer For Those in Prison Ministries

Heavenly Father, we lift up the many people that have devoted their lives to ministering to men and women in our prisons and pray that you would use their life and witness to draw many into a saving relationship and faith in Jesus Christ.

Lord we know only too well the path that has led each prisoner to be convicted of their crime and confined to a prison cell – but we pray that in Your grace and mercy You would reach out to all such men and women and send labourers into this harvest field to share the good news of the gospel of Christ.

Prepare each heart to receive the message of Salvation with joy and hope and may many prisoners be brought into a saving faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank You Father that there is no crime so great that You cannot forgive and no sin too big that it is beyond the power of the blood of Christ to cleanse completely.

Where there is a feeling of hopelessness in the heart of any prisoner or a doubt that God could ever forgive their particular crime – we pray that You would convict them of their need to turn to Christ for forgiveness – and to believe on His redemptive work on the cross – knowing that He is willing and able not only to forgive all their sins, but to clothe each one in His own garment of righteousness – simply by believing in Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Thank You Father – in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


Prayer For Your Blessing And Deliverance From Unlikely Jail Time

Lord, I have’nt always done what you’ve asked me 2 do. And for a long time I ran away from my god given gifts and blessings in favor of the devil’s lies and temptations. Even still you’ve always kept me safe and shown me favor. But now my situation is one of dire need. I never been in a situation like this god where they could take me from my family and ruin my chances at ever living a righteous life and be financially secure legally.

I need you to make haste to deliver me o’lord make haste to help me. I thank you for this situation however from going to jail to house arrest it’s been a truly life changing situation for me. I have truly changed and repented before you god. But now I need you help for I don’t want to fight this myself I give it all to you.

I trust that you will make a way even though the court’s say there is no way and that all I have to do is pray and stand and you will dispel all the evil slanderous sentences they try to throw on me. I know I don’t deserve your mercy but I ask for it anyway.

I let go and let god im ready for your angels and your son Jesus to have their will be done on earth. God bless everyone who reads this and everyone who’s going through a similar situation or worse it does not matter.

May god bless all of us and I appreciate everyone who reads this and takes the time out to include me in your prayer I sure could use em. Stay blessed yall.

—by Malcolm (Richmond, Virginia)


Prayer For The Many Inmates Who Are In Prison

Heavenly Father, I bring before You the many men and women who are incarcerated behind prison bars and been deprived of their freedoms, due to their many and various crimes.

Father You alone know the heart of each one and the reason why they are imprisoned – and You alone are the One that can bring these men and women to repentance, and to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, You alone can convict these people of their crimes – and we pray for each one, knowing and You died to pay the full punishment for each of their sins – And Lord although it is only right that men and women face the bitter consequences of their crimes – I pray that they will come to an understanding that in Christ their sins maybe forgiven and that each one will come to true repentance by trusting in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour.

I pray that You would send into the different prisons around the country and indeed the world, those who would minister to these prisoners in their need, and tell them of Christ and the wonderful forgiveness of sins that comes from Him alone. Have pity in each one I pray, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


Prayer for strength and guidance

Lord, I reach out to you for your guidance.
Please show me which way to turn.
Calm my anxious thoughts, come speak into my mind.
Strengthen me as I falter and feel weary.
May I feel strength rising up within my heart.
Bring clarity into my visions and dreams.
I trust that you are with me, no matter where I go,
Or what I decide to do.
You journey with me always. 

Amen.


Prayer for Prisoners

‘Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in His strength and in His Spirit, now and every day.’

Father of Mercy, the secrets of all hearts are known to you alone. You know who is just and you forgive the unjust. You alone are the Almighty Judge. We are not worthy of judging anyone. Your mercy is enough for sinners. Hear our prayers for those in prison. Give them repentance and let them believe in you. Give them patience and hope in their sufferings, and bring them home again soon. Comfort their near and dear ones. Let them trust in Jesus Christ and live with hope. Amen


Prayer For My Son in Prison to Be Saved

Heavenly Father I come to You with a heavy heart as my son has recently been sent to prison and has now been separated from me and his family for many years.

Lord I know that prisons can be such hard and cold places and pray that in Your mercy You would look down on him in pity, and bring him I pray, to full repentance. Lord, draw him to Yourself – so that he comes to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus.

I pray that this experience will not embitter him but rather will cause him to rethink his whole life and lighten the darkness in his soul I pray and bring him into Your family I pray. Keep him safe I pray, knowing that prisons can be places of uncaring brutality and return him to us I pray in the days that lie ahead, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen


Prayer for Jail Release

Father,

You have found me, you have forgiven me and you love me. I walk upon these truths, I set my feet firmly upon the rock of Jesus. As I leave jail I place my hand into the hand of Christ that I might led by his Spirit. Come guard my mind, let it be filled with praise, may it be full of songs of goodness that declare I am made new. And Lord, as I am freed from this physical prison, might I know your freedom in my soul. Help me to rebuild my life, to pour out love and goodness always and to seek a new pathway for my life. 

Amen.


Prayer for someone facing jail time

I need you God.
I know that I will have much time to seek you as I serve my sentence.
I will seek you Lord.
I take my bible, I will sing your praise and I will remember your promises.
You have already forgiven me, for you have laid down your life so that mine might be saved.
Now in the hardship of prison, I will seek life, I will look for you in the darkness because you are always a bright light.
I will look for the gifts in this experience, and trust that you will keep me, nurture me and change me.
Thank you that you walk with me always. 

Amen.


Prayers For PrisonersPrayers of the People for Prison Ministry Sunday

An adaptation of A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis And other prayers from the Book of Common Prayer

Leader: Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy’s sake. Amen.

All: Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Leader: Where there is hatred… Lord, we pray especially for all those who live with injustice and terror in our towns and cities, and in our neighborhoods and schools. Help us in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to comfort one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.

All: Let us sow love.

Leader: Where there is injury… Lord, we pray for all those who have been injured, especially the victims and their families of those who are imprisoned. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit.

All: Let us sow pardon.

Leader: Where there is discord… Lord, we pray especially for those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all.

All: Let us sow union.

Leader: Where there is doubt… Lord, make the hearts and minds of all your people ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of God’s presence.

All: Let us sow faith.

Leader: Where there is despair… Lord, enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children.

All: Let us sow hope.

Leader: Where there is darkness… Lord, look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom or who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery, and to those who care for them give patient understanding and persevering love.

All: Let us sow light.

Leader: Where there is sadness… Lord, grant us, in our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble.

All: Let us sow joy.

Leader: Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

All: For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

— Developed by the Reverend Phebe L. Mcpherson, The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland


Prayer for Those in Prison Using Scripture

Dear Heavenly Father, we pray your love and mercy for those who are in prison that your love might reach them through whatever means you choose to use. We can’t imagine the dark, sorrowful, desperate paths that have lead up to this period of the life for those in prison, yet we know that even darkness is not dark to you. (Psalm 139:12)

You see our brothers and sisters in prison as your beloved child. You knew them before they were born, you saw them in the secret place in their mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, 15, 16) The angels rejoiced at their birth, and your guardian angels stood by, waiting and hoping for a chance to be called by their prayers of need to aid them in their hour of decision. (Matthew 18:10)

israel 13 545Father, we know that deep healing needs to take place in their lives for the scars they bear from a life that wasn’t kind or fair, a mental disease that wasn’t manageable or treated properly, a temper that never knew the bounds of discipline, an addiction that never let go before it consumed them, a group of friends who were wiling companions on the path to destruction, a loved one who was abusive and violent, a life situation so desperate that it would break the best o f us, a heart so calloused that it could no longer see others with respect.

When we look at the history of our friends in prison, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by their challenges and the barriers to their inner freedom. Yet you are the one who says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32) So we boldly pray that Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life will be given access to their imprisoned heart, soul and mind. (John 14:6)

It says of Jesus, “A bent reed he will not break off.” (Isaiah 42:3) You, Oh Lord, did not come to condemn those who already feel rightly condemned, but rather you came that they might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 3:17, John 10:10)

It also says in your word, “Therefore, there is now on condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1,2 New International Version)

israel 13 418You say, “Behold I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5 King James Version) And you say, “If anyone is in Christ Jesus he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” (( 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) You say, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV)

You are our loving Savior who on the cross and in mortal pain yourself said to the dying thief being executed justly for his many sins, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 NIV) All the thief had to do was to look with pained eyes toward you, the suffering savior and ask with faith that defied the utterly impossible circumstances, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42 NIV)

israel 13 214You also say in your word in Psalm 107: “Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for me, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” (Psalm 107; 10-16 NIV)

Our brothers and sisters in prison are behind literal bars of iron, but they are also behind bars of inner bondage to the things that have brought them to commit crimes against others. We pray about the forces of evil that seek to continue to hold and eventually destroy these dear ones. We claim, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (John 4:4 NIV)

We bind Satan and all of his evil plans, worked both through our dear ones and in them. We declare the evil one as the thief, robber, liar and murderer who is the father of all transgression. (John 8:44) We bind Satan, we cast him and his demons out, and we loose the power o f the Holy spirit in the dear ones he has so long help captive to his evil desires. (Matthew 18:18)

We pray for your protecting grace for our brothers and sisters in prison from harassment, threats of violence and from the evil influence of fellow inmates. We pray your protection around their bodies, minds, souls and spirits. (Psalm 91)

We now declare them the children of God that they were born and the children of God that they are becoming through the shed power and blood of our strong Savior, Jesus Christ. We speak freedom, health, healing, wholeness, forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, restoration, peace, truth and hope into their lives. We pray that instead of ashes their lives might be a garland of praise. (Isaiah 61:3) We pray for a blinding conversion experience as experienced by St. Paul on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:1-22)

We travail in prayer, begging for your mercy, begging that this prison time will be an opportunity for you to reach our dear ones with your healing power.

We pray for the family members of those in prison, for the husbands, wives, parents, sons and daughters and grandparents. Encourage and strengthen them. Provide for their needs. Hear their prayers and comfort them daily.

We know that the road to recovery for our brothers and sisters in prison will not be an easy one, so we pray your special grace and help for this journey. Help them to find those who truly love them with the love of the Lord who will be mentors, friends and prayer partners on their journey of healing and wholeness. We pray especially for prison chaplains, social workers, caring family members, fellow inmates who are Christians and for Christian groups such as Kairos and other prison fellowships that minister to those who are incarcerated. May they bear your strong love to many.

May healing begin today and continue on step by step all of the days of their lives. We pray in the strong and powerful blood of Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior and Lord. Amen.

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Prayers For PrisonersPrayers For Those Incarcerated Or In Prison

Prayers for their Family

Father, we pray for those who are incarcerated, but we also pray for their families that they would receive the care and attention they need, and have their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met by other family members, friends, church members, or someone else. Please Lord, allow them to keep their hope alive that a family member behind bars is still not forsaken or forgotten by God if they have trusted in Christ; if not, we pray for them to know Your Son, Jesus Christ. May the families find comfort from others who are in similar situations and that they would be praying for one another. Oh Righteous Father of Mercy, I pray for these men and women who are cut off from their families and who are serving time behind bars. As you know, it is very hard being separated from loved ones. I pray these inmates may be able to see themselves as you see them, and that they are a child of theirs and are co-heirs with Christ, just as much as those who are out in the world. We know, if they never get out, we will all meet together someday at the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God. If they are able to be released, please shield them from the judgment of others because they have already paid their debt to society, and they are now free. They shouldn’t be referred to as a criminal, con, or anything but a child of God…just like we are. Many of these men and women face that double jeopardy every day of their life after prison, so help others see them as forgiven and cleansed, and a child of God, and treated with respect and not treated as if they’re still guilty. I pray this in the name that is above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Prayer for Peace of Mind

Father God, I pray for those prisoners who are behind bars and that You give those who’ve trusted in You, peace. Please help them to know that You are sovereign over all things and that much good can come from bad (Gen 50:20; John 3:16), and in even these men and women’s darkest hours, You are their true source of light which is found in Jesus Christ. I pray that you give them the peace that Your Word promises for those who believe in Your Son (Rom 5:1) and please help them to know they are no longer condemned (Rom 8:1). With the comfort that You give us, please give to them Lord, so that they might pillow their head tonight in peace, knowing that if you would come tonight, those doors would be open forevermore. I ask this for the glory of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in Whose name I pray, amen.

Protection from Danger

Father God, truly only You know how these men and women feel at this time. We cannot know exactly what they are living through right now. The world seems to be getting more dangerous every day Lord, and maybe for these men and women who might live with that fear. In Your sovereign providence, it pleased You to call out some of these in their darkest hours, and to become new creations in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17); to a new life in Christ. Help see that they can run to You Father, for You are a Rock and a Shield to those Who trust in You. In Your great wisdom God, You sometimes use hard places to soften hearts, and in such darkness, your grace is more amazing. Not many of us are great in the eyes of the world, but You have no respect for persons. You reach out to those who humble themselves Father, so help them submit to You and be set free from their fear by trusting in You. Please Father, protect them on the inside so that they would be able to study Your Word, be a witness to those still sitting in darkness, and submit to authorities which is submitting to God (Rom 13:1-5). God, You alone know the future of these men and women; help them to rest in Your sovereignty. Help them to know they can trust in You. For those who have not trusted in Your Son and received eternal life, please set divine appointments for those who are Christ’s witnesses inside the prisons, and keep them safe from harm while being His voice. May You receive all the glory for these men and women’s lives that’ve trusted in You, and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.

Hope in the Future

Great God in heaven, thank you for those who have received eternal life in Jesus Christ, and for those who have been born again behind prison bars. Please Father, enable them to see hope that is found only in Jesus Christ. Give them a desire to seek Him, and to long for that eternal home when all of the present, evil and suffering will be history (Rev 21:4). Please send them Your Spirit to point them to Your Word of hope in Your Holy Word, the Bible. Apart from You, and Your Word, we could not know You or Your Son, Jesus Christ, so thank You for granting us Your mercy and giving us Your grace, and for those who You have pardoned, even if the state has not, they are seen as having Jesus’ righteousness (2nd Cor 5:21). Help them to see that You have pardoned them, without parole, and loved them unconditionally. Lord God, allow them to fix their eyes on You, and the hope for a future we can’t even imagine, and that hope is found in Christ, in Whose precious name we pray, amen.

Using Bad for Good

Father, we know You can even use evil for good. All we need to do is to look at the cross, so help these men and women who are incarcerated to know that everything in our life, good and bad, is for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28). Sometimes we don’t always understand how bad can be good. Help these prisoners to see that God is not going to give up on them, because Your Word shows that You forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. If these prisoners are able to see that You are still working in their life Lord, they might have hope and know that You have promised to never leave them or forsake them (Deut 31:6; Heb13:5), even when they or we forsake You. Help them to take You at Your Word, and not use their feelings to guide their beliefs. Perhaps You can use others to help them inside the prison Lord, for nothing is too hard for You. Allow them to see the good that can come from where they’re at now, and even if it looks bleak, good will come from it, and in Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.

For Such a Time and Place

Great God in Heaven, You alone determine the future and know that which is not yet, so help these men and women to see that You have a purpose for where they are now, and know that You can use anyone for Your glory and for Your purposes, including them. We know that You have commissioned us to make disciples of all nations, and that includes those who are incarcerated. Father, may You use these Christians behind bars to bring others into the kingdom by pointing others to Jesus Christ and trusting Him. They realize that You have allowed them to suffer the consequences for their own actions, yet I realize You may use them to reach others behind bars where we cannot, so please Father, make divine appointments for these Christians in prison, and allow them to cross paths with those whose heart You have prepared for the Word, and in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.

— by JACK WELLMAN 


A Prayer for Prisoners

Heavenly Father I come to You with a heavy heart as my son has recently been sent to prison and has now been separated from me and his family for many years.

Lord I know that prisons can be such hard and cold places and pray that in Your mercy You would look down on him in pity, and bring him I pray, to full repentance. Lord, draw him to Yourself – so that he comes to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus.

I pray that this experience will not embitter him but rather will cause him to rethink his whole life and lighten the darkness in his soul I pray and bring him into Your family I pray. Keep him safe I pray, knowing that prisons can be places of uncaring brutality and return him to us I pray in the days that lie ahead, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Father we give you thanks for our lives, and that you teach us to number our days, help us to know that every day is a gift whether it comes with joy or trouble. Lord we pray for those who find themselves in prison or those of us confined by other walls.

We pray for them and ourselves that we would all know you are the God of HOPE and that is a HOPE that does not disappoint because it is poured into our hearts by your Holy Spirit.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Father, we pray for those who are incarcerated, but we also pray for their families that they would receive the care and attention they need, and have their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met by other family members, friends, church members, or someone else. Please Lord, allow them to keep their hope alive that a family member behind bars is still not forsaken or forgotten by God if they have trusted in Christ; if not, we pray for them to know Your Son, Jesus Christ.

May the families find comfort from others who are in similar situations and that they would be praying for one another. Oh Righteous Father of Mercy, I pray for these men and women who are cut off from their families and who are serving time behind bars. As you know, it is very hard being separated from loved ones. I pray these inmates may be able to see themselves as you see them, and that they are a child of theirs and are co-heirs with Christ, just as much as those who are out in the world. We know, if they never get out, we will all meet together someday at the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God.

If they are able to be released, please shield them from the judgment of others because they have already paid their debt to society, and they are now free. They shouldn’t be referred to as a criminal, con, or anything but a child of God…just like we are. Many of these men and women face that double jeopardy every day of their life after prison, so help others see them as forgiven and cleansed, and a child of God, and treated with respect and not treated as if they’re still guilty. I pray this in the name that is above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Heavenly father, today we lift to You those in prison who cannot face tomorrow. We pray that you will place people around them who will speak words of comfort and show acts of kindness that encourages their spirit. But most of all, we ask that when the noise of crashing doors and shouting has faded, Your voice will be heard, bringing hope in the darkness once again. Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Father, we know You can even use evil for good. All we need to do is to look at the cross, so help these men and women who are incarcerated to know that everything in our life, good and bad, is for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28).

Sometimes we don’t always understand how bad can be good. Help these prisoners to see that God is not going to give up on them, because Your Word shows that You forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. If these prisoners are able to see that You are still working in their life Lord, they might have hope and know that You have promised to never leave them or forsake them (Deut 31:6; Heb13:5), even when they or we forsake You.

Help them to take You at Your Word, and not use their feelings to guide their beliefs. Perhaps You can use others to help them inside the prison Lord, for nothing is too hard for You. Allow them to see the good that can come from where they’re at now, and even if it looks bleak, good will come from it, and in Jesus’ strong name I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Heavenly Father, I bring before You the many men and women who are incarcerated behind prison bars and been deprived of their freedoms, due to their many and various crimes.

Father You alone know the heart of each one and the reason why they are imprisoned – and You alone are the One that can bring these men and women to repentance, and to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, You alone can convict these people of their crimes – and we pray for each one, knowing and You died to pay the full punishment for each of their sins – And Lord although it is only right that men and women face the bitter consequences of their crimes – I pray that they will come to an understanding that in Christ their sins maybe forgiven and that each one will come to true repentance by trusting in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour.

I pray that You would send into the different prisons around the country and indeed the world, those who would minister to these prisoners in their need, and tell them of Christ and the wonderful forgiveness of sins that comes from Him alone. Have pity in each one I pray, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Father God, I pray for those prisoners who are behind bars and that You give those who’ve trusted in You, peace. Please help them to know that You are sovereign over all things and that much good can come from bad (Gen 50:20; John 3:16), and in even these men and women’s darkest hours, You are their true source of light which is found in Jesus Christ.

I pray that you give them the peace that Your Word promises for those who believe in Your Son (Rom 5:1) and please help them to know they are no longer condemned (Rom 8:1). With the comfort that You give us, please give to them Lord, so that they might pillow their head tonight in peace, knowing that if you would come tonight, those doors would be open forevermore. I ask this for the glory of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in Whose name I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Heavenly Father, we lift up the many people that have devoted their lives to ministering to men and women in our prisons and pray that you would use their life and witness to draw many into a saving relationship and faith in Jesus Christ.

Lord we know only too well the path that has led each prisoner to be convicted of their crime and confined to a prison cell – but we pray that in Your grace and mercy You would reach out to all such men and women and send labourers into this harvest field to share the good news of the gospel of Christ.

Prepare each heart to receive the message of Salvation with joy and hope and may many prisoners be brought into a saving faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank You Father that there is no crime so great that You cannot forgive and no sin too big that it is beyond the power of the blood of Christ to cleanse completely.

Where there is a feeling of hopelessness in the heart of any prisoner or a doubt that God could ever forgive their particular crime – we pray that You would convict them of their need to turn to Christ for forgiveness – and to believe on His redemptive work on the cross – knowing that He is willing and able not only to forgive all their sins, but to clothe each one in His own garment of righteousness – simply by believing in Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Thank You Father – in Jesus name I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Great God in Heaven, You alone determine the future and know that which is not yet, so help these men and women to see that You have a purpose for where they are now, and know that You can use anyone for Your glory and for Your purposes, including them. We know that You have commissioned us to make disciples of all nations, and that includes those who are incarcerated.

Father, may You use these Christians behind bars to bring others into the kingdom by pointing others to Jesus Christ and trusting Him. They realize that You have allowed them to suffer the consequences for their own actions, yet I realize You may use them to reach others behind bars where we cannot, so please Father, make divine appointments for these Christians in prison, and allow them to cross paths with those whose heart You have prepared for the Word, and in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Loving heavenly Father, we pray for the many Christians who are being held in prisons, both at home and abroad, simply because they trust in the Lord Jesus as Saviour – many of whom have been falsely accused of crimes or deliberately set up to fall foul of the law– simply because they are believers in Your name.

Lord we pray that You would be with each one in their imprisonment. Break any bonds of fear and bitterness – and may the love of Jesus be shown forth in their actions and attitudes, so that those with whom they have to do, recognise that there is something very special about them, and the God Whom they serve.

Set each one free we pray not only from their physical incarceration but also from their spiritual prison – Help them to rest in the Lord Jesus, knowing that in a small part they are participating in the fellowship of His suffering.

Use each one as a witness of Jesus Christ and may many be drawn into the kingdom of God, simply because of their gracious love they display in their time of great difficulty, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Father God, truly only You know how these men and women feel at this time. We cannot know exactly what they are living through right now. The world seems to be getting more dangerous every day Lord, and maybe for these men and women who might live with that fear.

In Your sovereign providence, it pleased You to call out some of these in their darkest hours, and to become new creations in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17); to a new life in Christ. Help see that they can run to You Father, for You are a Rock and a Shield to those Who trust in You.

In Your great wisdom God, You sometimes use hard places to soften hearts, and in such darkness, your grace is more amazing. Not many of us are great in the eyes of the world, but You have no respect for persons. You reach out to those who humble themselves Father, so help them submit to You and be set free from their fear by trusting in You.

Please Father, protect them on the inside so that they would be able to study Your Word, be a witness to those still sitting in darkness, and submit to authorities which is submitting to God (Rom 13:1-5). God, You alone know the future of these men and women; help them to rest in Your sovereignty. Help them to know they can trust in You.

For those who have not trusted in Your Son and received eternal life, please set divine appointments for those who are Christ’s witnesses inside the prisons, and keep them safe from harm while being His voice.

May You receive all the glory for these men and women’s lives that’ve trusted in You, and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Heavenly Father,
In Jesus You promise us fullness of life.
We pray that all prison chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers will be filled with that fullness as they minister in Your name.
May their ministry be richly blessed as they share your Hope with all those whom they meet, both prisoners and staff.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.
Amen.


A Prayer for Prisoners

Great God in heaven, thank you for those who have received eternal life in Jesus Christ, and for those who have been born again behind prison bars. Please Father, enable them to see hope that is found only in Jesus Christ. Give them a desire to seek Him, and to long for that eternal home when all of the present, evil and suffering will be history (Rev 21:4). Please send them Your Spirit to point them to Your Word of hope in Your Holy Word, the Bible.

Apart from You, and Your Word, we could not know You or Your Son, Jesus Christ, so thank You for granting us Your mercy and giving us Your grace, and for those who You have pardoned, even if the state has not, they are seen as having Jesus’ righteousness (2nd Cor 5:21). Help them to see that You have pardoned them, without parole, and loved them unconditionally.

Lord God, allow them to fix their eyes on You, and the hope for a future we can’t even imagine, and that hope is found in Christ, in Whose precious name we pray, Amen.


Prayer For Prisoners

Lord, you offer freedom to all people. 
We pray for all who are incarcerated 
and for those who are affected by 
or involved in their imprisonment. 
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. 
Support with your love, prisoners, 
their families, friends, 
prison staff and all who care. 
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others, 
especially the victims of crime. 
Help us to forgive one another, 
to act justly, 
love mercy 
and walk humbly together with Christ, 
in his strength and his spirit, 
now and every day.

Amen.

 

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