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


Pastor Shey November 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

I ask for Prayer for My Husband is currently patiently waiting to see parole…I believe that he will recieve parole and all i ask is that God does not tarry and that he gets a his physic elevation done asap…I believe God please stand with me …I declare and deceer that all is Well Amen…Blessings to u all …


Jack Wellman November 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

THank you pastor…praying, but on the subject of declaring and decreeing, please read this sir to see what doing so or saying so is not biblical.Who is it here that calls things that are not as if they were? God! Not us! This name it and claim it and grab it heresy has grown so prevalent it has become mainstream in many churches that otherwise may not even realize they are ascribing to it.

One way this occurs is through the altering of prayer into an arrogant and petulant self empowerment instead of the humble and contrite petition it should be. Welcome to the world of declare and decree. We see and hear it in churches every week. I declare and decree financial breakthrough in your life. I declare and decree healing in your body. I declare and decree victory for every area of your life. What about God’s will?

Empty phrases such as “I declare and decree.” These “I” statements make the prayer about us and not Him. It makes us believe that we have His power. That we can ascend to the heaven and be like the Most High. The first thing in the outline is to remember who it is that we are praying to. Jesus could have used one of the many regal titles for God but instead He chose Father.

It is important to remember that we are His children and He is the Father. Can you imagine walking into the living room as a child and saying to your father – “I declare and decree that you will increase my allowance!.” Children do not declare and decree things to their parents unless they want a whooping declared and decreed upon them. Please read this sir: http://www.828ministries.com/articles/2/The-False-Theology-of-Decl-by-Anthony-Wade-Christianity_God-141206-668.html


Doreen M Tardi November 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Thank You So Kindly for the prayers for the Inmates. May God Bless You Richly. Sincerely, Doreen M. Tardi


Mercy December 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm

My son is serving a life sentence. He has a hit out on his head. Please help me pray for God to keep him safe! My son is a believer!


venetia January 3, 2020 at 5:46 am

good day

please pray for my sun awaiting trial its so difficult 10 months now.

please and thank you



Valeria Casas January 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm

I need prayer for my husband he was transferred to prison today 01/16/20.
Christopher Casas. Thanks!
God blessed!


Jack Wellman January 16, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Praying now Valeria.


Kiara February 19, 2020 at 1:39 am

Please pray for my bf Nathan he’s been in jail going on 4 years now, he’s done his regular time. I pray to God Everydsy that he gets released this year. Please pray for blessings towards him and his family <3 thank you !!


Brianna February 22, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Please pray for my husband for safety and protection


Jack Wellman February 22, 2020 at 6:36 pm

I will Brianna.


Terri February 24, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Please pray for husband rick he Is Falsely accused of something he did not do but he was on probation from years ago and so now not only is the accusations files but now probation is trying to get him on breaking probation and putting him away for life we’ve only been married eight months and he’s been in jail three of them and my heart aches and so does his we just need as much Prayer as possible I know God will bring us back together


Jack Wellman February 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I will do so and pray for him Terri. I am so sorry for all this.


TErri February 1, 2021 at 9:29 am

Here’s an update on my husband rick , all the charges were thrown out and case dismissed BUT then probation found an open door because of the cats that was thrown out and gave him a TECHNICAL probation violation saying he wouldn’t cooperate with counseling ( wanted him to lie and say he did something he didn’t do) my husband wouldn’t lie as he is a believer so at the bench trial many sent letters about his character and they switched judges at last second and probation sent documents at last second and judge put him away for 5 years!!! For nothing! We lost our business and much more. Married 2 urs in May and only spent 6 mth together. I need God to do a miracle I need my husband home …I can’t work have asthma issues , they harm the family as well as the inmate. Arizona is so bad.


Jack Wellman February 1, 2021 at 8:45 pm

I will be praying for this situation Terri. I am so very sorry for all of this suffering.


Sharon Artis March 9, 2020 at 10:44 am

Please pray for my son health,safety and release on April 2020 Amen


Jack Wellman March 9, 2020 at 11:10 am

Praying now Mrs. Artis.


Bill Ward March 23, 2020 at 11:31 am

I pray my son Will will be relieced from prison in Jesus name. Lord you know he never did what he’s been accused of. Thank you Lord Jesus.


Lizzie Montez March 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

I ask for prayer for my beautiful daughter Ariel Rae Jean Parrish she is 21 and currently incarcerated for 20 long sadden years in Marlin Tx. Im 43 been tbru chemo twice already im afraid i wont be around when shes getting home. I leave it all in my Lords hands that His will be done..


Elisa Garcia June 7, 2020 at 6:35 am

Lord I ask for 3 prayers; 1st for my son who will sit behind bars for 22 -25 years at the age of 19, always be with him, 2nd my family bless us all with patience, strength and wisdome during our heart ache at his absence and 3rd PLEASE pray for me I haven’t been right with you lord and I need forgiveness, healing so that I may feel my soul once again </3.


Misha July 22, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Send prayers for my fiancé as he sits in jail until his next court date. Lord Jesus shield him , protect him and let him know that your still there in the mist. Lord I ask you to keep me and his family encouraged and never allow us to walk with our heads down. Jesus you see everything the seen and unseen . We know that you will straighten everything out and we believe it . We will trust the process with patience , support and love in his time of need.


Christine July 27, 2020 at 6:56 am

I pray to you Lord Jesus Christ to help my husband get out of jail, and to exonerate him of any wrong doing. It has been 4 days now, and things are not getting any easier without him. I love him and miss him so much. Please protect him and allow him to come home. Please don’t allow him to be locked away for many years. And please cleanse his soul for what had happened. Please cleanse my soul too, for this is not getting any easier since he’s been locked up.



Chanelle August 26, 2020 at 1:42 pm

God please look over my love of my life. He was at the wrong place and wrong time. He doesn’t deserve to be incarcerated. He is a good man and has a big heart. That man has been there in ways no one would understand. He helped me to feel happy and he made a mark on me and my family that we would never forget. Please bring him home to us sooner than later. I beg you my God please send him home. AMEN.


Jack Wellman August 26, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Praying with you Chanelle.


Linda Schuenemann September 15, 2020 at 9:50 pm

Prayers for my friend’s son, Keith. He has been in jail more than a year awaiting trial. His mom has not been able to see him since March because of Covid. I know he feels as if he doesn’t deserve to be forgiven or loved by God! Pray that God comforts him and his mother. Pray that God’s plan for Keith is revealed soon. In Jesus Precious Name!


Jack Wellman September 15, 2020 at 10:04 pm

Praying now Linda.


Kanku October 4, 2020 at 2:49 am

Prayers for my bf soso been arrested for 3 days now I was like he didn’t wanna text me I started feeling different ways like I knew he was arrested he doesn’t deserve all this may please almighty God protect him so that they can free him in Jesus name amen .


Jack Wellman October 4, 2020 at 5:27 am

I will pray for him Kanku. So sorry for this trouble, but sometimes God uses these things to draw us near to Him.


Martha December 19, 2020 at 1:41 am

My brother has been incarcerated since he was a teen juvenile hall to county took him straight to prison.He has spent most his life there and he feels his never getting out . My brother and family need your prayers . It hurts so much to see him there .


Linda Moran February 1, 2021 at 12:22 am

Good evening my son is being detained in Cook county jail for 2 murder and 3 attempt I was scared but my FAITH beat fear I know nothing in this LIFE concur the work of GOD I know GOD put my son in jail for GOD good I know that no man had the final say or any say GOD has it ALL I PRAY in the name of JESUS that he is cover by the blood of JESUS the HOLY SPIRIT IS WORKING THROUGH my son for other and that GOD is always at work What ever the outcome is may GOD be glorify cause with GOD timing my son will be set free IN THE NAME OF JESUS AMEN


Jack Wellman February 1, 2021 at 8:46 pm

Praying for your son Mrs. Moran. I am so very sorry.


Geita Tauli February 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

My name is Geita Tauli, please pray for my son who is on wait court in Bomana prison of Papua New Guinea, he will be coming down for his court hearing and to hear his court sentence on the 15th of February, 2021, please pray for his lawyer and the Judge Berrigan to defend my son and give him a good sentence.


Jack Wellman February 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Praying now. God is in control, and good or bad, He will see that it is best for everyone (Rom 8:28).


Geita Tauli February 9, 2021 at 8:07 pm

Thank you so much Jack, thank you for praying for not only for my son but also for those who have requested for prayer.


Sunila Williams February 19, 2021 at 9:52 am

Please pray for my son Nicholas. He was done wrong by the court system. The sentencing is excessive. the justice system and prison system need to be reformed. Imprisoned people are treated like animals. My son is not an animal. help us Lord and please give him the release now.


Geita Tauli February 21, 2021 at 5:52 pm

Hi Sunila, I am a mother who son is also in Jail, but since day one they took my son, I put him straight into the hands of the Lord, and all I am doing is just praying only, in return, my son rings and tells me that he is okay, everyone is good to him, he has so many friends, and I know that because of my prayers for guidance and protection over my son, he has been well protected, I also pray for peace and love and understanding amongst the detainees, that is why my son tells me not to worry, I know in my heart that it is my prayers and God is in Control, I pray and ask God that his will be upon my son and he will defend him and give him that deliverance on the day of his court hearing. Be strong, I will also pray for you as well and everyone whose loved ones are in jail. (IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US).


Geita Tauli February 21, 2021 at 6:02 pm

God Almighty, I pray for every family members whose loved ones are in jail, I pray that you will forgive them of all their wrong doings, I pray that you will open their eyes to look up and see you, I pray that you will open their hearts and minds to see you and know you, I pray that you will minister into their hearts for them to see who you are what you are, I pray that you will have mercy on them as they are also your children, let your Holy Spirit to move into their hearts and work within them, take charge and control of their lives from the inside out, let them realize and change from their bad ways or lives to a changed and new life, as there is always hope in the Lord, I pray God that you will delivery them so that they will come out of jail and be with their families again. In you oh God I commit all our loved family members in jail into your mighty and powerful hands. To God be the Glory.


Angela D Edwards August 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

My friend T.Bailey is incarcerated in prison I am asking for prayers on him getting early release his a good man change person who has please young men stay on the right track in prison and helping them stay focused on doing right and changing I’m requesting for prayers and early release for him.please prayers for him to return safe to his family


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