Pray For Those Of Other Religions

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!

Pray For The Upcoming Family Nights

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.

Pray For This Weekends Evangelistic Event

This week join me in prayer for an event that is happening this Saturday inside of the prison that I serve at. Servant Riders Ministry will be at the prison and will be grilling food for the inmates as well as giving an evangelistic program. Servant Riders is a biker ministry that goes into prisons with their bikes in order to share the Gospel with those who are incarcerated. Many come out for these events since events like this very seldom happen especially inside of maximum security facilities.

Pray for all those who will be sharing the Gospel with the incarcerated on Saturday through one on one conversation, song, and through the teaching of the Bible. Pray that lives would be changed for eternity!

Pray For The Muslims During Ramadan

This week join me in prayer for the Muslim men and women that are incarcerated. They are currently in their annual Ramadan fast which happens on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Lasting for the entire month, it is a time of worship and contemplation where Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.

Because of this heightened spiritual expectation, God can move in unexpected ways in their hearts. That’s why it’s important to offer prayer support during this time. Pray that God would pour out His spirit on Muslims during their holy month while they are focused on spiritual awareness and seeking supernatural experiences. Pray that the hearts of the Muslims would turn to the one true God and that they would repent and begin living lives that are focused on God! Also ask God how He wants you to pray for Muslims and what more He wants you to do.

Pray For Our Nations Prison System

This week as you pray, I would like to point out some jarring facts and statistics about our prison system. Our prison system is in dire need of a fundamental transformation, maybe even more than most realize. So please use these facts and statistics as you pray for the prisons in our Nation this week.

One news source has reported: “Today, like any other day, there are around 2.4 million people incarcerated in America’s federal, state and local prisons and jails. Together, the nation’s inmates would constitute the fourth biggest city in the United States, knocking Houston down a notch. Expand that grouping to everyone under correctional control, including probation and parole, and you’d have a metropolis of nearly 7 million, second only to New York. Finally, reunite the number of people that see the inside of a jail cell in a given year, and you’d have a prison city with a population as big as New York and Los Angeles combined (11.6 million).”

Also when you stack these numbers globally, the U.S. has the largest incarceration system in the world.  It has one-fourth of the world’s prisoner population despite having only 5% of its entire population.

According to Vera Institute of Justice’s 2012 “Price of Prisons” report and 2012 U.S. Census   data on public school costs, shows that prisons cost us five times more than educating students in most states. Research also shows that over two thirds of people who leave prison will return and that in 17 states, prisons are filled beyond capacity.

We desperately need prison reform but even more then that we as Christians need to step up and become intentional in reaching those that are incarcerated. Please join me in praying for our Nations prison system this week!

Pray For Protection

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. Psalm 121

Let’s pray this week for the protection of the men at St. Clair Correctional Facility. Pray that their eyes would be lifted up to the Lord and that their hearts would be poured out to Him. Pray that they would rest in the fact that their help comes from the Lord and not from themselves. Pray that they would resist the snares of the evil one, Satan and shun drugs and other types of contraband that get into prison. Pray that they would be safe from sexual assault and other forms of victimization and be healthy and free from serious illness. Ultimately pray that their lives would be surrendered to the Lord and by His hand transformed into His likeness!

Lets Pray For Those Of Other Religions

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!

Pray For The Upcoming Kairos Weekend

“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? Ezekiel 18:21-23

This coming weekend we will be having a Kairos weekend! Kairos is an interdenominational Christian ministry that comes into at. Clair twice a year for a 3-day short course in Christianity. It begins with a spiritual introduction on Thursday evening and then continues through Sunday afternoon. This ministry aims to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all the men that participate. Kairos is a Greek word for time and is used in the sense of a time set by God for a particular occurrence. This weekend we have chosen 24 men from St. Clair that have never went through this weekend before to participate in this time set by God. Pray that these men will find God this weekend and experience His love for them! Pray that these men would be affected by this love, repent, turn from their sins and surrender their lives to Jesus.

Pray that everything would run smoothly and God would be glorified!

Disturb Us Lord!

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim. 

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

This prayer from Sir Francis Drake has been challenging me recently! I am challenged at how often we tend to think we have arrived in our Christian lives when in reality we haven’t. How often we tend to lose our thirst and zeal to be more like Christ and how our vision of heaven has a tendency to grow dim. So often we hang up the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of our lives because we don’t like our comfort, safety and status quo living being interrupted by the turbulence of big dreams, the deep waters of radical obedience, the rough seas of suffering, and the dark nights of uncertain adventures.

Pray this week that the Christians inside of prison would be disturbed, that they would not lose their thirst for the waters of life and would step out with courage, having placed their faith in God. Pray that while on this sanctification journey that they would open their eyes and identify those “smooth sailing” areas of their lives. Pray that the Church inside of prison will become more like Christ and be a radiant light to the rest of the population.

Pray For The Church Inside Our Prisons

The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. Psalms 145:7-9

Each Wednesday I attend an inmate led chapel service at prison. I would like to request prayer for our inmate led service tonight. Pray for the inmates who will be leading out in worship and the teaching of the word on Thursday. Pray that they would seek to decrease so that God can increase. Pray that everything would run smoothly and that God would be glorified! Pray that lives would be touched both nights and changed for eternity.