Pray For The Families Of The Incarcerated

The families of the incarcerated are our prayer focus this week. For many it is their father that went to prison and when a father goes to prison they often experience a financial void in the family. Pray that they would have adequate housing and be able to keep their home in good repair and have nutritious food to eat and adequate clothing. Pray that they would be able to obtain the appropriate medical care they need and have assistance available from a variety of community resources. Pray that would be able to recover from loss of income and have employment that pays enough to meet their financial needs. Pray that they would have the opportunity to enhance their educational and vocational skills and be able to manage their financial resources with wisdom.

Pray For Those In Our Honor Dorms

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Noticing our inability to accomplish anything good outside of God is key to surrendering our lives and hearts to Him. Prayer is surrender—surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boat hook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.

With that in mind I would like to ask to for the 192 residents in the Faith Based Honor Dorm this month. Pray that their hearts would be opened to the Gospel and their lives would be surrendered to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pray that they would seek to live peacefully among each other and be respectful to those in leadership positions. Pray for the 8 Dorm Representatives and 12 Crew Coordinators who make sure that the program runs smoothly. Pray for Jeremy as he continues leading the program according to the Department of Corrections regulations and the goal of seeing lives changed for eternity. Pray ultimately for Gods will to be done, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Pray For Living Testimonies

Let’s pray this week for the men at St. Clair Correctional Facility to grow in godly attributes. That they would seek out and abides the true vine, Jesus. Pray that they would respect the authority of the prison staff and be able to control their temper. Pray that their lives would exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearing with one another, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Pray that they would experience genuine remorse for the harm they have caused their victims, and that they would seek to make amends as appropriate and possible.

Pray For The Ministry Inside Of Prison

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

Our finite knowledge gets tested when we come to the subject of prayer. There are times we know what to pray for, and at times we do not. It is in such times that we do not know that the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

This week I don’t have any Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, Time specific (aka SMART) prayer requests so please let the Holy Spirit guide you in your prayers for the ministry at St. Clair Correctional Facility.

Pray As I Continue To Serve

Psalms 121  I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

We do ask for your prayers as we continue to serve in prison ministry. Pray that Jeremy would continue to foster healthy relationships with the inmates by sharing encouragement and friendship, while understanding the urgency of sharing the Gospel message with those who are not yet following Christ. Pray that he would help nurture personal growth and holiness to those who have surrendered their lives to following Christ, by mentoring them and offering spiritual guidance. Pray as he continues to teach and facilitate Biblical studies and practical life skills, to have an emphasis on preparing inmates for successful re-entry into society and a deeper communion with our God. Pray for our family as we continue seeking to serve God, wherever He places us!

Pray For The Lost Inside Of Prison

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Pray for the many lost men at St. Clair Prison who are walking in darkness this week. Pray that the Lord would draw them to Himself in a mighty way, revealing to each man his sin, and leading each man to repentance and faith in Christ. Pray that I and the other believers (staff and inmates) would be a beacon of light throughout the prison system.

The Purpose for Our Life

Act 13:36  For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

This verse is one of the first verses that comes to my mind when I think about purpose. David a man with many failures in life served the purpose of God in his generation. Regardless of all his mistakes the purpose in which God called David too was fulfilled. This is my prayer; my desire is to serve the purpose that God has called me too in my generation. This is my prayer for you my friend too!

When I think of purpose I also think of the apostle Paul who was locked up in a prison cell in Rome. Paul with a possible death sentence hanging over his head wrote these words in Philippians 1:19‐21, “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul here is in prison for preaching the gospel, but he’s in prison preaching the gospel! Paul here could’ve been discouraged and upset but instead he understands his purpose, he says to live is Christ, and to die is gain! Paul is saying it doesn’t matter what you do to me: If I live or if I die…Jesus will be magnified! If I live I am going to live for Him and if I die I am going to be with Him! I can’t lose!

How was Paul able to have such confidence and boldness? I believe one of the key factors to Paul’s success was his understanding of the purpose. And how did he know what that purpose was? Because one day, on the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest some Christians, he got blasted off his horse and fell on his face in the dirt, where Jesus spoke to him. And when Paul was before King Agrippa he testified of what Jesus spoke to him, Jesus said, “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:16‐18)

Paul understood exactly what his purpose was! God had a plan for his life. My friends, we must know that we were created for a purpose. As Paul continued to speak to King Agrippa, the roadmap to our purpose was revealed. In Acts 26:19‐20 he continues to speak, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

We must repent and turn to God! We must do works meet for repentance! Another translation says, “Do things that prove they had changed their lives.” First comes salvation, and then the opportunity to live out the purpose God had for us. Our number one purpose in our generation is to glorify God! That is our ultimate purpose. We are to love the Lord thy God with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our mind, and with all of our strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30) We are to let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify God. (Matthew 5:16) We should do all to the glory of the Lord and we should do it heartily as to the Lord and not as unto men. (Colossians 3:23) We are bought with a price: therefore we should glorify God in our bodies, and in our spirits, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20) We glorify God in our bodies through walking in holiness: presenting our bodies as living sacrifices that are acceptable unto God. (Romans 12:1) Friends, whatever you may accomplish in this life nothing will compare to fulfilling Gods purpose for you which is leveraging your life for God’s glory!

Pray For The Needs Of The Families Of The Incarcerated

Join me in prayer this week for the needs of families across this world who has loved ones that are incarcerated. Pray that they would reach out and become involved in a local church with solid Bible teaching and receive support and encouragement from caring Christians. Pray that the children would experience God’s comfort and presence in their loneliness and feel secure and loved by their caregivers. Pray that the caregivers would provide a loving and nurturing environment for the children and shun drugs and alcohol and seek to live healthy and sober lives. Pray that churches in communities across the nation would sense God’s calling to engage these families and see the need to evangelize and disciple the children in their neighborhoods.

Episode 029: James Caldemeyer, Pro Bass Fisherman Shares Of How God Has Changed Him Through His Incarceration

In this twenty-ninth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I talk to James Caldemeyer from Lake Fork, Texas. Today James serves as a fishing guide on a Texas lake and competes in bass fishing tournaments around the country. Affable and eager to serve his fishing clients, James engages in all sorts of easy conversation on the water. Yet his demeanor belies a deeper secret- that at the age of 21 he was responsible for an alcohol-related car accident that killed a person and resulted in losing his job, wife, and family.

With the guilt, anguish, and hurt overwhelming, James struggled to live. Yet in his darkest hours he found God waiting for him, with both the iron-fist of consequences and the mercy and grace that saved him from rotting in prison. His testimony and vulnerability blessed me as we talked and I believe you too will be blessed by it!

SHOW NOTES

James’s Website: Lake Fork Trophy Bass

I Am Second

James’s Facebook: James Caldemeyer

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Pray For The Families Of The Incarcerated

Our prayer focus this week is on the families of the incarcerated. Pray that they would become strong in their faith and trust God to guide them and deal with their anger, hurts, and losses in healthy, appropriate ways. Pray that they would be protected from gossip, prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment and be able to live in safety, peace, and stability no matter what goes on around them. Pray that they would not live in guilt for their family members’ crime and incarceration. Pray that they would begin taking positive steps toward strengthening and rebuilding the family and no longer experience chaos, violence, and trauma in their homes. Pray that churches in communities across the nation would open their arms to men and women returning from prison and their families.