by Mary (Lubbock Texas)
In Jesus name we pray that Kent is released from the Prison. That he is found innocent of any crime. That his father David tells the truth and that David’s mental illness and drug abuse causing his violent actions towards his son Kent is found as the criminal. Kent only defended himself and saved himself from being killed. Please release him unharmed from jail and conviction free so he can live his life as before working hard and enjoying life drug and alcohol free. He knows those addictions ruined his fathers life and he has stayed away from them. He has only helped those in need and has an upright reputation. Thank You God for that. Thank you Lord that he is safe and will be lifted out of that horrible un just system in Oregon City Oregon.
In Jesus name we thank you. AMEN
Here are six prayers that you can send to a prisoner or someone who’s in prison now can use.
Prayers for their Family
Father, we pray for those who are incarcerated, but we also pray for their families that they would receive the care and attention they need, and have their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met by other family members, friends, church members, or someone else. Please Lord, allow them to keep their hope alive that a family member behind bars is still not forsaken or forgotten by God if they have trusted in Christ; if not, we pray for them to know Your Son, Jesus Christ. May the families find comfort from others who are in similar situations and that they would be praying for one another. Oh Righteous Father of Mercy, I pray for these men and women who are cut off from their families and who are serving time behind bars. As you know, it is very hard being separated from loved ones. I pray these inmates may be able to see themselves as you see them, and that they are a child of theirs and are co-heirs with Christ, just as much as those who are out in the world. We know, if they never get out, we will all meet together someday at the great wedding feast of the Lamb of God. If they are able to be released, please shield them from the judgment of others because they have already paid their debt to society, and they are now free. They shouldn’t be referred to as a criminal, con, or anything but a child of God…just like we are. Many of these men and women face that double jeopardy every day of their life after prison, so help others see them as forgiven and cleansed, and a child of God, and treated with respect and not treated as if they’re still guilty. I pray this in the name that is above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
Prayer for Peace of Mind
Father God, I pray for those prisoners who are behind bars and that You give those who’ve trusted in You, peace. Please help them to know that You are sovereign over all things and that much good can come from bad (Gen 50:20; John 3:16), and in even these men and women’s darkest hours, You are their true source of light which is found in Jesus Christ. I pray that you give them the peace that Your Word promises for those who believe in Your Son (Rom 5:1) and please help them to know they are no longer condemned (Rom 8:1). With the comfort that You give us, please give to them Lord, so that they might pillow their head tonight in peace, knowing that if you would come tonight, those doors would be open forevermore. I ask this for the glory of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in Whose name I pray, amen.
Protection from Danger
Father God, truly only You know how these men and women feel at this time. We cannot know exactly what they are living through right now. The world seems to be getting more dangerous every day Lord, and maybe for these men and women who might live with that fear. In Your sovereign providence, it pleased You to call out some of these in their darkest hours, and to become new creations in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17); to a new life in Christ. Help see that they can run to You Father, for You are a Rock and a Shield to those Who trust in You. In Your great wisdom God, You sometimes use hard places to soften hearts, and in such darkness, your grace is more amazing. Not many of us are great in the eyes of the world, but You have no respect for persons. You reach out to those who humble themselves Father, so help them submit to You and be set free from their fear by trusting in You. Please Father, protect them on the inside so that they would be able to study Your Word, be a witness to those still sitting in darkness, and submit to authorities which is submitting to God (Rom 13:1-5). God, You alone know the future of these men and women; help them to rest in Your sovereignty. Help them to know they can trust in You. For those who have not trusted in Your Son and received eternal life, please set divine appointments for those who are Christ’s witnesses inside the prisons, and keep them safe from harm while being His voice. May You receive all the glory for these men and women’s lives that’ve trusted in You, and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
Hope in the Future
Great God in heaven, thank you for those who have received eternal life in Jesus Christ, and for those who have been born again behind prison bars. Please Father, enable them to see hope that is found only in Jesus Christ. Give them a desire to seek Him, and to long for that eternal home when all of the present, evil and suffering will be history (Rev 21:4). Please send them Your Spirit to point them to Your Word of hope in Your Holy Word, the Bible. Apart from You, and Your Word, we could not know You or Your Son, Jesus Christ, so thank You for granting us Your mercy and giving us Your grace, and for those who You have pardoned, even if the state has not, they are seen as having Jesus’ righteousness (2nd Cor 5:21). Help them to see that You have pardoned them, without parole, and loved them unconditionally. Lord God, allow them to fix their eyes on You, and the hope for a future we can’t even imagine, and that hope is found in Christ, in Whose precious name we pray, amen.
Using Bad for Good
Father, we know You can even use evil for good. All we need to do is to look at the cross, so help these men and women who are incarcerated to know that everything in our life, good and bad, is for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28). Sometimes we don’t always understand how bad can be good. Help these prisoners to see that God is not going to give up on them, because Your Word shows that You forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. If these prisoners are able to see that You are still working in their life Lord, they might have hope and know that You have promised to never leave them or forsake them (Deut 31:6; Heb13:5), even when they or we forsake You. Help them to take You at Your Word, and not use their feelings to guide their beliefs. Perhaps You can use others to help them inside the prison Lord, for nothing is too hard for You. Allow them to see the good that can come from where they’re at now, and even if it looks bleak, good will come from it, and in Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.
For Such a Time and Place
Great God in Heaven, You alone determine the future and know that which is not yet, so help these men and women to see that You have a purpose for where they are now, and know that You can use anyone for Your glory and for Your purposes, including them. We know that You have commissioned us to make disciples of all nations, and that includes those who are incarcerated. Father, may You use these Christians behind bars to bring others into the kingdom by pointing others to Jesus Christ and trusting Him. They realize that You have allowed them to suffer the consequences for their own actions, yet I realize You may use them to reach others behind bars where we cannot, so please Father, make divine appointments for these Christians in prison, and allow them to cross paths with those whose heart You have prepared for the Word, and in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus expects His church to visit those who are in prison. He said, “I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:36), and this is how He sees it; “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40), but we can’t forget about these inmates families either. They need ministering too. If we minister to prisoners and their families, we do it for Jesus, but more importantly, what you do for the inmate’s families, you have done to the inmates. Ministering to prisoners is needed, but so is ministering to the families. They too are in a hard place, mentally, emotionally, and probably financially. Plus, they often live under “guilt by association,” unfair as that is, so they need all of the care and compassion they can get.
Something more for you to read: How I Was Set Free in Prison
Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Exactly four years after his arrest Uzbekistan authorities released Pastor Dmitry (David) Shestakov from the Navoi prison. Wearing prison dress (black jacket, trousers and cap) Dmitry left the colony at 3pm on Friday, January 21 and was met by his wife, three daughters and two members of his home church. “I am overwhelmed with joy and wish to thank all my brothers and sisters who have prayed for me and who have thought about me while I was imprisoned”, Dmitry shared with one of Open Doors’ field workers. During his imprisonment Open Doors assisted in advocacy on behalf of him and launched a writing campaign to encourage his family where they received hundreds of letters from supporters.
Pastor Dmitry (David) Shestakov was arrested in 2007 during a raid on the Full Gospel Church in Andijan, Uzbekistan. He was later charged on two counts; the illegal organization of public unions and religious organizations, and the manufacture/distribution of materials that contain a threat to the social safety and public peace. The judge sentenced him to four years detention. Dmitry was transferred to the closed labor camp in Navoi in Central Uzbekistan, approximately 450 miles away from his home. Because of this great distance his wife Marina and his three daughters Masha, Sasha and Vera were only able to visit Dmitry in prison several times a year.
Although the Full Gospel Church is legally registered, the church is under constant pressure from authorities. “Only two church members came to take Dmitry home from the labor camp. No one else dared to come, because they’re afraid to attract unwanted attention due to their connection with him.” the field worker shares. “Pastor Dmitry has to be very careful and everything he does will be strictly monitored. This includes the people he will be talking to, everything he says, everywhere he goes, and much more.” Dmitry adds, “I have been ordered to follow strict guidelines and regulations. I am a pastor and I want to serve God but I have to find a wise way to do this.”
Dmitry is very thankful and glad to be out of prison but at this time he is also grieving the loss of his mother who passed away on Monday, January 24 – just three days after his release. Praise God that they were able to see each other before she passed away. Pastor Dmitry and his family have asked for our prayers during this time of transition as they get reacquainted and begin building a new future together as a family.
Father, we give praise and thanks that You provided and sustained Pastor Dmitry and his family during his imprisonment. As they move into the future we first want to pray for Dmitry’s health as he is suffers with heart and liver problems. You are the great physician and we ask for Your healing touch on his body. Strengthen him both physically and mentally so that he can continue to serve You. Father we also pray for his family and his church; that they will feel Your peace at this time. Remove the fear in their hearts and replace it with boldness as you bless them with wisdom in all their decisions. And lastly, may this time of healing and reunion be sweet; filled with thanksgiving and joy. Amen
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CENTENNIAL — A man sentenced to 98 years in prison but then mistakenly released decades early appealed to a judge Wednesday to allow him to return to the law-abiding life he built during his brief period of freedom.
But Rene Lima-Marin’s fate remains in limbo three years after he was returned to prison when a former prosecutor discovered the clerical error. During an evidentiary hearing for writ of habeas corpus, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said he’d take his time before issuing an order at the Arapahoe County District Court.
“I’m not going to give you a time frame because I want to take my time with it,” Samour said.
Lima-Marin, 38, was sentenced to 98 years for his role in a pair of 1998 video store robberies when he was 19 years old. No one was hurt during the robberies and Lima-Marin claimed the gun used was unloaded.
“I’ve been taken away from my children and my wife. I don’t even know how to explain that that’s the thing that’s consistently on my mind every single day,” Lima-Marin said during the hearing as emotion washed over both him and the courtroom. “I’m supposed to be the head of my household, I’m the person … I’m the person that’s supposed to guide and lead them of everything that’s of God, and I’ve been taken away from them.”.
In a surprising turn, Lima-Marin was released in 2008 when a clerical error counted his eight sentences concurrently instead of consecutively.
Once released, he had five spotless years on parole, rose through low-wage work to a union job as a glazier, married and raised two sons in a home he bought in Aurora.
But Lima-Marin’s second chance was taken away when his accidental release was discovered in 2014 after his former prosecutor happened to check on his whereabouts. His sentence was reinstated and he was brought back to prison.
Lima-Marin’s wife, Jasmine, said she felt confident after the hearing, although she said she wished her husband was coming home immediately. Wednesday was the first time in months that she had seen her husband in person.
“I would probably prefer that (the judge) takes his time and considers everything,” she said. “I’m still hoping for a positive outcome.”
Lima-Marin’s family and friends, along with faith leaders from Together Colorado, gathered in front of the courthouse Wednesday morning to share prayers and express hope for his release.
“We’ve been waiting three years for this hearing, and I’m just praying that today he gets to come home,” Jasmine said while tearing up. “Today is pretty much the determining factor of what’s going to happen to our family for the rest of our lives.”
As the faith leaders called on God’s strength, forgiveness and justice, Lima-Marin’s parents held “Free Rene” signs. His mother looked to the sky, saying her own silent prayer with tears in her eyes.
After the calls for justice, more than 35 people packed into the courtroom to show their support for Lima-Marin, who was wearing a light-gray sports jacket, black slacks and decorative tie.
His family sat in the front row, one of his sons sitting on his grandfather’s lap. His mother shook with emotion at times, at one point muttering a prayer. After his testimony, he waved at his family and gave his son a big smile.
During the hearing, Lima-Marin admitted he had made a mistake but said he served the appropriate amount of time for his crime.
“I was a stupid child, a dumb kid that made a mistake. I was given trumped-up charges for who knows what reason,” he said. “I deserve to be punished, I admit that, but not 98 years.”
Attorneys with the Colorado Department of Corrections questioned whether Lima-Marin knew he was released erroneously, which he said he didn’t. Instead, “all I knew was my prayers had been answered.”
They also argued that it would not be fair for Lima-Marin to get off early due to a clerical error while his partner in the robberies, Michael Clifton, is still serving his 98-year sentence.
The attorneys pointed to the case of Evan Ebel, someone mistakenly released early from prison who then killed prisons director Tom Clements.
The crowd in the courtroom grumbled at the state’s arguments and at times turned to their faith, saying, “This is in your hands, God.”
Joe Amon, The Denver Post
Supporter Nelson Bock prays at the Arapahoe County District Court on Dec. 21, 2016, in Centennial during a hearing for Rene Lima-Marin, who was sentenced to 98 years in prison, mistakenly released decades early and then rearrested after marring and five spotless years on parole.
After the hearing, Lima-Marin’s attorney Jamie Halscott criticized the Department of Corrections’ attempts to prove that Lima-Marin knew his release was a mistake, saying the state was trying to depict him as a Lex Luthor-like criminal mastermind gaming the system.
“Obviously, when the state doesn’t have much to go on, that’s what they’re going to say,” Halscott said.
Lima-Marin enlisted Halscott, a Florida appeals specialist, after the firm at which he is a managing partner won a similar case in Missouri.
During the hearing, Jasmine told a story about when her husband wore his favorite red jacket to a pizza parlor during a rough snowstorm. When he left the restaurant, he wasn’t wearing the jacket.
When she asked him where it went, he said a homeless man had complimented him on his jacket, so he gave it to him.
“He’s a changed person. He’s been rehabilitated,” Jasmine said. “He’s shown that he can be a productive member of society. I don’t think it’s going to accomplish anything by making him spend his life in prison.”