Prayer for inmates

Prayer for Prison Inmates

The following prayers were written in response to letters from prisoners requesting prayers to be used by them in special circumstances. They may be prayed in agreement with a prayer partner or intercessor.
Prayer for an Inmate’s
Protection and Future
Father, I pray that I may become useful and helpful and kind to those around me, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving others , as You, Father, in Christ forgave me my sins.
It is my desire to be an imitator of You, Lord. With the Holy Spirit as my Helper, I will , as a well-beloved child . I purpose to walk in love , as Christ loves me. As I attend to Your Word, I depend on Your Holy Spirit to teach me to live a life of victory in Christ Jesus my Lord.
In the name of Jesus, I am Your child. I am dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. I say of You, Lord, that You are my Refuge and Fortress: my God; in You will I trust. You cover me with Your feathers, and under Your wings shall I trust: Your truth is my shield and buckler.
Because You are my Lord, my Refuge and Habitation, no evil shall befall me — no accident will overtake me — neither shall any plague or calamity come near me. You give Your angels charge over me, to keep me in all of my ways .
Thank You for hearing my prayer. You are with me in trouble; You deliver me and satisfy me with long life and show me Your salvation.
In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer for an Incarcerated
Parent and His/Her Children
Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking Him!” Don’t hide from me now.
I didn’t know it before, but I know now that You’ve always been right here for me; don’t turn Your back on me now. Don’t throw me out and don’t abandon me; You’ve always kept the door open.
Thank You for sending ministers to tell me about You and Your love for me.
My children say they hate me; they feel abandoned and alone. Even though their father/mother walked away from them, I ask You, Father, to take them in.
Lord of the harvest, I ask You to send laborers of the harvest and wise counselors to my children, who have been hurt by my actions.
Father, I have sinned against You, against my children, and against myself. I repent of the sins that have so easily beset me and ask You to forgive me.
Father, Your Word assures me that You forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank You for forgiving me. I pray that my children will be willing to forgive me so that we may be a family again.
In the name of Jesus, I cast the care of my children on You and rest in the assurance that You will perfect that which concerns me. I put on the garment of praise and delight myself in You. Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth.
In Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer for an Inmate To Pray
for His/Her Family and Caregiver
Father, I have sinned against You, against my children, and against myself. I repent of the sins that have so easily beset me and ask for Your forgiveness.
Father, Your Word assures me that You forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank You for forgiving me. I pray that my children will be willing to forgive me so that we may be a family again.
Thank You for the one who has assumed responsibility for my children while I am away. I pray that You will strengthen him/her and fill him/her with Your Spirit Who gives him/her great wisdom, ability, and skill in rearing the children You gave to me. I repent for failing to assume my responsibility to my children, and I ask You to reward the one who is taking care of them.
His/her mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of his/her heart shall be understanding. I thank You that he/she is in Christ Jesus, Who has been made unto him/her wisdom from You — his/her righteousness, holiness, and redemption. He/she is filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that he/she may live a life worthy of You and may please You in every way, bearing fruit in every good work.
Father, I am responsible for my own actions, and I recognize that what I have done has hurt my entire family. Forgive me for dishonoring You, my family, my friends, and my children. Give me the grace to pay my debt and do my assigned work as unto You. Help me to develop diligence and patience, giving myself to prayer, study, and meditation in Your Word.
Lord, there is violence within these walls, but I look to You. Hide me in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of others. Keep me

Scripture References:
Ephesians 4:32 AMP Psalm 91:9-11 AMP
Ephesians 5:1,2 AMP Psalm 91:15,16
Psalm 91:1,2,4

Psalm 27:7-10 MESSAGE Isaiah 61:3

Matthew 9:38 Psalm 37:4
1 John 1:9 Psalm 86:11 AMP
1 Peter 5:7 Hebrews 12:1
Psalm 138:8

1 John 1:9 Colossians 1:9,10 AMP

Psalm 49:3 Colossians 3:23,24
1 Corinthians 1:30 Psalm 31:20

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prayer for inmates

We not only need financial support, we also need your prayer support… so please pray for Inmate Ministry Resources.

The following is a list of some specific needs:

  • Pray for Spanish Translators who are fluently bi-lingual and who understand theological terminology
  • Pray for access to the prison system nation-wide
  • Pray for Bob’s release from prison
  • Pray for enough support to continue ministry
  • Pray for printing costs to remain manageable
  • Pray for the inmates who have taken or are currently taking either course
  • Pray for the chaplains or other staff as they administer the courses… that THEY would be touched and blessed, and that they would teach with insight and accuracy
  • Pray for future inmates who will take either course..pray that the courses will be truly life-changing
  • Pray for the IMR volunteer staff and board of directors

Thank you for your prayer support.  Please consider sending us a note to let us know that you are praying with us for these needs to be met.

Inmate Ministry Resources is a ministry designed to put discipleship materials in the hands of prison inmates. The flagship course is entitled LIVING ON PURPOSE, and is written primarily by Robert N (Bob) Riddle, an inmate in the Florida State department of corrections, currently serving his 6th year of a 10 year term.  The other most-requested course is THE TRUTH SERIES, a compilation of 12 lessons dealing with theological and doctrinal truths.

Prisons do not have funds available for spiritual development courses for inmates, so all materials are purchased by church groups, Sunday School classes, other Christian groups or personal benefactors , then donated and distributed to correctional institutions as they are requested. Right now there are 100,500 inmates in the Florida correctional system alone, with a possibility of 10% of them desiring to take the LIVING ON PURPOSE course.  LIVING ON PURPOSE is available in both English and Spanish, and is shipped in each language as requested by the correctional institution.  An inmate must be within 3-5 years of release in order to take this course.

Please get involved with us in this ministry by either Praying, Sharing, or Donating to the cause.  All gifts are tax deductible.

John G Gage, President

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