The Bible says, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them” (Heb. 13:3). Prisons are fertile soil for the gospel. So pray for those in prison, asking God for their salvation and growth in Christ. Pray that they use the remainder of their prison sentence wisely and with integrity. Pray also for their spouses and children at home. Children with an incarcerated parent need to know that their loving heavenly Father is there for them.
Pray also for prisoners who reenter society. Many have difficulty finding a job, and two out of three are rearrested. Ask God to prepare released prisoners to be productive members of society and to avoid old habits. This yields more than just personal benefits for the ex-convict. America is stronger when we find ways to integrate reformed prisoners back into normal life. Ask God to prepare a place for them to work and serve once they are released. And prayerfully consider taking a mission trip to a prison or serving in a prison ministry yourself. It will give you a new perspective, and Jesus promises to go with you.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, I lift up those behind bars. I know that but for Your amazing grace, there go I. For the men and women in prison who had absent fathers, be their heavenly Father. Even if they came from a good background and simply made terrible decisions, show them that Your grace is for them. Surround inmates with godly influences. Bring hope and truth to them through the gospel. Give them training and mentoring to be productive, faithful members of society. Show me if You want me to be involved with prison ministry, for as Matthew 9:37 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Lord, send out workers into Your harvest. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.