Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.Genesis 42:16.
Joseph knew these men were his brothers and yet he threw them in prison. He wanted to test them to see if their words were true. He also wanted to see if they had been reformed from the last time he saw them.
He loved his brothers and this must not have been easy for him. He cried secretly and did not reveal himself unto them until he was absolutely sure they told the truth and had repented of their sins against him.
Let us relate this to our walk with God. There are times when wickedness and insensitivity get the best of us. Times we allow the devil to get to us and dictate our actions. Jealousy, greed, selfishness, envy, and discontentment drive us into trouble.
When we break the laws of our land we may find ourselves confined to prisons and restricted areas. One moment of weakness and an inability to forgive can take us to the wrong side of the law. When this happens our lives may take a turn for the worse. If you find yourself in prison, do not think that God hates you and has deserted you.
As Christians, we must pray for those in confinement. We must pray for their souls and their faith. There are some who deserve to be confined and there are some who have been wrongfully accused and confined.
All manner of people find themselves in prison and God loves every single one of them. There are some who are getting properly rehabilitated so they can be absorbed back into society and there are some who should not have been sent there at all.
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God expects us to be kindhearted and encouraging towards these people. He expects us to share his love with them and assure them that he loves them despite their current predicament.
Every soul is important to the Lord and he wants us to get them for him. Just because someone is imprisoned doesn’t make them any less human. The anguish, torture, and inhumane some of them get are all seen by the Lord.
When the wicked torture the weak, God sees but gives time for the wicked to repent and gives strength for the weak to not lose faith so that he can save them both.
Death is the end for our mortal bodies and once it occurs it becomes impossible for a sinful soul to join the Lord in paradise. This is why we must constantly pray for those imprisoned so they keep their souls pure for the Lord God in heaven.
Prayers for prisoners
Prayer for faith for prisoners
We pray for people in prison
We pray that they don’t lose their faith in you
Remind them each day of your presence in their hearts
Let them see your love wherever they go
Strengthen their faith in you
Show them signs of redemption and consolidation
Let them feel your spirit within them
Protect them from evil and let them be in you forever
Prayer for innocent prisoners
Dear Lord in heaven
We pray for those who have been convicted wrongfully
Please quench the pain in their hearts
Let them be vindicated and released immediately
Let this not rock the faith and trust they have in you
Let this not change them into bad people
We pray for justice to be served
We ask for the real culprits to be found
Break their chains and set them free
Let your holy sword cut them lose
Let those who connived to get them there be punished
and let your grace and favor be upon them forever
Prayer for guilty prisoners to be reformed
We pray for hardened and guilty prisoners
We pray that you touch and soften their hearts
We pray for forgiveness for them
We ask that you help rehabilitate them
Change them into people who work for you
Let them ditch their evil ways
Let them find your light and walk on your path
Let them let go of any pain in their hearts
Bless them with wisdom to know your word
Release them from their spiritual prisons
and make them whole and new again
Prayer for hope for prisoners
Father Lord in heaven
We ask for hope for all prisoners
Let each day start with brand new strength for them
Let them already picture their lives in a better state
Show them visions of freedom
Keep them focused on your glory
Let them be reminded of your love every day
Let them never give up on themselves
Teach them to not harm themselves
Let them know that this is not the end for them
and let their hands be strengthened against defeatist thoughts always
Prayer for the health of prisoners
we ask that you protect prisoners against diseases
We pray that you improve conditions there
We pray against sexual immorality and wicked behavior
Let your angels be in there with them
Guide them against plots of murder and other evil
Shield them from bad food and water
Protect them against evil guards and authority
Let them not be harshly treated and destroyed
Show mercy on them because they are your children
Let them be strong each day to worship you
Prayer against wickedness in prisons
We destroy all evil in prisons
We come against evil guards and prison wardens
We pray that you take charge of every prison
Let your spirit take charge and control it
Please deliver the weak out of the hands of the wicked
We destroy all evil plots of death
We come against all plans to maim and hurt
Deliver the weak from sexual immorality
Let your angels take charge
and reassure them each day of your guidance and protection
Prayer for the families of prisoners
Dear Lord in heaven
We pray for the families of all prisoners
We pray that you give them comfort
Replace all the good things that those families have lost
Be the family they have lost
Be a father to the fatherless and mother to the motherless
Be a partner to those who have lost partners to prison
Let them not lose hope and faith in your goodness
Let your name be glorified
Let their prayers be heard
Sustain their lives and restore their strength in you
Prayer for forgiveness for prisoners
We ask for forgiveness for all who have wronged you
We break all grudges that are currently being held
We pray that you bury all hatchets
Please forgive them
Help those they have wronged to forgive as well
Let no one hold on to any hurt
Let all hearts be softened and made new
and let them realize the potential to have set for them
Imprisonment does not mark the end of someone’s life. It is our duty as Christians to carry God’s love to those imprisoned. We must make sure that they do not feel neglected and dejected.
We should not only visit them during festive occasions but we must frequently visit them and make sure they do not lose touch with the word of God. This is the only way they will not lose faith in God and damn their souls.
Remember where you were before God found and rescued you. Feel the same love and appreciation for those incarcerated and reach out to them too.
All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?Acts 9:21