The Prisons Week Prayer - 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 actions 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.
Merciful God, full of grace, give strength and humility to confess any wrongdoing. Give to all those who seek truth the courage to approach you, to ask for mercy and forgiveness. For all who come to you with empty hands and impoverished imaginations, may your power and inspiration fill their hearts and minds, leading to a real understanding that all things are possible with you. So may they boldly go forward into new life through your Son, our risen Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Loving Father, we pray for all who are the victims of crime, give them the strength, courage and power they need to step boldly into the future, comforted and supported by your Holy Spirit. Help them conquer their fears in the company of those who love and care for them. Build them up and inspire them, restore their confidence and lead them into new life through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Generous God, always ready to share your gifts with us, we are all your children who could at any time be caught up in criminality or need to care for our loved ones as they deal with imprisonment or victimhood. Be present and strengthen those who are supporting the victims of crime, those who visit prisoners and await their release. Give support to the damaged and vulnerable, so that they can come boldly before you and claim your promises of grace, mercy and new life through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit living in loving relationship, teach us to acknowledge our need of you, remind us that the repentant sinner is always welcome in your kingdom, that the criminal can serve their sentence and be welcomed back, and that the poor and disadvantaged are loved and valued. Help us to recognise one another always as brothers and sisters in your family, made in your image and worthy of all reverence and respect. We ask this in the name of our brother Jesus. Amen.
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Living God, give to all those who work in our prisons boldness and confidence, grace and courage in the face of distress and danger. Keep their energy levels high, and fill them with your Holy Spirit. May they support one another and strengthen hope in all those for whom they care. Merciful and generous God,
pour out all the richness of your gifts into our prisons that your light might triumph. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.
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Gracious God, with you all things are possible. Be present with all those who seek to administer justice wisely and well. Give to them a bold vision, and your Spirit of wisdom and discernment as they try to balance justice with mercy amid demands for harsh and punitive sentences. Surround them with the grace and strength needed to carry these heavy responsibilities. We ask this in the name of our eternal arbiter and judge, Christ Jesus. Amen.