As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, master, have mercy on us!”
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in 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 activities
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. Amen.
Additional resources for Sunday
God of justice and mercy, you are always ready to forgive and to restore. Have mercy on all those in prison, bring hope to the broken, and be present through the hours, days, months and years of long or short sentences. May all know that you alone are holy and in you alone is perfect forgiveness, newness and fullness of life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Additional resources for Monday
God of love and mercy be present to all who have been the victims of crime, that we may know the comforting support of your presence. In your mercy teach us to be gentle with ourselves and with one another, lead us and heal us in our journey to new life and hope. Help us to remember that you are always with us to the end of time. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Additional resources for Tuesday
God of grace and strength show your mercy on all those whose loved ones struggle to build new lives from the shame and darkness of offending, or from the distress and brokenness of being the victims of the harm caused by crime. Let your grace and mercy rule in their lives bringing encouragement and healing from all that has gone wrong and the assurance of growth and peace for the future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Additional resources for Wednesday
God of perfect love and mercy, look on us your children as we seek to build your kingdom in our communities. Give us the gifts we need to build one another up, to be good neighbours helping us all to meet our potential. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us that we might know your forgiveness and peace. Help us to show your mercy to one another as we seek the best you have to offer for each one of us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Additional resources for Thursday
God of power and might, our strength and support, have mercy on all those who work in prison. Give to them grace and courage to persevere, the desire to seek new ways to serve faithfully, to recognise your presence in every situation and to make your love and mercy known to all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Additional resources for Friday
God of all wisdom and grace, give to those who administer justice both the strength and mercy, wisdom and grace to know their need of your mercy and strength to fulfil their task and to meet the needs of all those who come before them. May they recognise their dependence on you, and their need of you in all their work. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.