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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39
This week I want to encourage you to pray for the Muslims that are incarcerated. Pray that these men would receive a full revelation of the true God and His loving character. Pray that they will also understand that God desires for everyone to know Him as children and not as slaves. Pray that they would get saved, pray that they will be convicted of sin and know true repentance. Pray that they would experience God’s total forgiveness and thus be able to forgive others. And also pray that they would know the assurance of salvation through Jesus, something Islam can never offer them! Pray for guidance as Jeremy interacts with these men at the prison that he serves at. Pray that relationships would continue to be built and that these men would seek out the Godly counsel of the Church inside of prison!
This Friday night is the first of three family nights for the men inside our Faith Based Honor Dorm. Each man inside the Faith Based honor Dorm is able to invite 2 guests to come and eat dinner with them inside of prison. Many invite their families to come join them which has proven to be a special time for these men.
Join us in prayer as these men and their families have this special time together. Pray that relationships would be healed, hearts would be softened, lives would be changed, and memories would be made.