Prisons Week is a chance for the community to focus on prayer for those in prison and those affected by the criminal justice system. For some, the reality of a prison sentence seems quite removed; for others, the hardships of prison are an emotional and physical presence in daily life. In both cases, prayer is often the most helpful way to connect with those who are suffering and offer consistent support and encouragement.
On its website, Prisons Week has compiled seven prayers, one for each day of the week, along with stories from those who have experienced the emotional, financial, and physical trials that come with a life affected by prison.
Each day highlights a different side of the prison system and guides the community in prayer for each aspect. There is immense power in corporate prayer to bring about very real changes in the lives of prisoners, families, workers, and friends who live lives that have been negatively, and often innocently, influenced by crime. Our hope is to lift them up in prayer and facilitate a restoration of hope in spite of grim circumstances.
This year, Prisons Week will take place October 8-14. For those who pray, please join us in prayer for those who have been affected by crime, encouraging all to move beyond their past and press on toward a life of hope and freedom. We pray that our prayers do not stop with the close of the week, but continue to spread and foster hope as long as prison is exists.
For more information and a list of daily prayers, please visit the Prisons Week website.
The Prisons Week Prayer:
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in the 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.
“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:10-14)