6 Prayers For Those Incarcerated Or In Prison

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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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Monique Rivera June 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

please haven’t heard from my husband in about 2 weeks he’s incarcerated and I just received a letter saying that there was a riot and that he was stabbed and that he is back is fractured so I asked did God want to kill him and protect them from harm and danger and the way that he will put a shield of protection over him and every other inmate and and loved ones. Incarcerated and for their families for peace because I’m having a hard time and I know I have to believe that God has my husband and then he’ll keep him safe and that he will heal him it’s just I don’t really I don’t know what supports so if you could please just pray for my husband keep me in our kids and prayer my husband’s name is Leonel Rivera thank you God bless you in Jesus name amen


Jack Wellman June 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Prayign now Monique. I am so sorry. Let’s trust God with this and our prayers are with you and Leonel.


Monique Rivera June 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

My husband’s incarcerated and I’m just asking for prayers for him cuz I just got a letter saying that he was stabbed and his back is fractured please I know that I have to put my faith and belief in more in God to know that he will keep him safe and protect him please that he is loved one for protection and healing and safe from danger as if you could please protect us a prayer because I’m struggling right now and I’m praying I just need some support and prayers for my husband’s healing and for him for God to keep the protection over him and everybody loved ones that are in prison thank you and I pray your name amen God bless you


Antranel Harvey June 23, 2019 at 10:55 am

Please pray for my husband Rickey. He was sentenced u fairly and given more time than he should’ve recieved. Since he has been in prison he was beaten by guards and then had new charges filed against him. Now the guards are given him Write ups and putting him in confinement. He is eligible for parole this year and I ask in the name of jesus he be released this year. It’s been 6 years now.


Connie Opie August 16, 2019 at 1:29 am

My fiance is doing time in Caldwell Detention Center in Grayson Louisiana . I pray for God to do a new thing in him. I cannot visit that far and barely can pay for calls. He’s is given an unfair length due to his past. Don’t let them throw him away over nothing. Michael is nonviolent offender . pray for repentance that brings changge


cj August 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm

my husband is in lock down for a fight that happened so they put everyone in lock down god protect him his releast is sopost to be in 11 days I hope that dont affect it


Jack Wellman August 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm

I will pray for your husband right now CJ. Please, other readers, join with CJ and me in praying for this woman’s husband and his release.


Love August 27, 2019 at 7:51 am

My husband just got arrested this morning. And it’s such a disappointment. His tail lights went off. I ask and seek prayers from all of these that he gets out on the PR Bond that the officer say he should be able too since he doesn’t have any traffic offences against him. If not he’ll have to wait and see the judge. I ask all on prayers for if he does have to see the judge that the judge see him as who he really is and not a man of guilty conscious. His bail that was told by the officer is $3,000 but we’ll have to come up with $300, 10% of his bail bond. I ask in God’s name if anyone who’s willing to lend a hand of helping to reach out to me. I ask anyone and everyone to please pray for my husband and I. And that all ends up well. Thank you all so much.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2019 at 9:53 am

Yes Love, I will pray for him but also for yiou.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2019 at 9:54 am

Yes Love, I will pray for him but also for you.


Doreen M Tardi September 4, 2019 at 4:17 pm

The ladies in our church will be writing inmates words or prayers for those that receive Christ when our Pastor goes in to preach to them. Could you send me a copy of the prayers that you have shown here. Thank You


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