POINTERS for PRAYER and THANKSGIVING
1 Sunday. Pray for services in prisons today and also that chaplains may be able to spend quality time with prisoners wishing to attend but whose circumstances may prevent them joining in corporate worship.
2 Pray for prisoners who are seeking something to bring meaning into their lives that they would be able to find it in Jesus.
3 Pray for those who help to organise family days which can be so helpful in maintaining family ties.
4 Give thanks for churches ready to welcome ex-offenders on release from prison with all their different needs and associated risks.
5 Pray for the Bible Study Group in Wymott Prison which is led by volunteers Bert Ball, Paul Edkins and Ken Hollands.
6 Pray for our Trustees Bob Spratt, William Allen, Calum Crombie, Mike and Rebecca Ducker that they will be sensitive to the Lord’s leading
7 Pray for the final preparations for the Keswick Convention. In the past it has been possible to take prisoners on day release but that seems a long time ago now.
8 Sunday. Pray for strength for recently released prisoners who wish to continue their walk with the Lord.
9 Pray for prison staff who have day to day interaction with prisoners that they may be alert to risks and be able to prevent any serious incidents.
10 Alpha in Prisons, Christianity Explored and other courses and initiatives to share the good news of Jesus with prisoners.
11 Pray for volunteers who are involved in a number of supportive ways both inside prisons and also amongst people in the community who may have a family member in prison.
12 Pray for those prisons where there are vacancies in the chaplaincy team, especially that the ministry of those in post may not be adversely affected by the additional work load.
13 Pray for the training of prison chaplains that it would be appropriate and helpful to the fulfilment of their duties and responsibilities
14 Pray for the Ethiopian volunteer medical teams visiting prisons as part of the Prisons Medical Project.
15 Sunday. Pray for Christians in prison on account of their faith and all who do not have the freedom to gather for worship today.
16 Pray for members of our team at the Keswick Convention and for those visiting our stand in the Congregational Church Hall, Lake Road, Keswick each afternoon during the first two weeks. Click for more on the Convention
17 Pray for those responsible for making political decisions that affect prisons and prisoners in both the UK and Ethiopia.
18 Pray for the relationship between the Prison Officers Association and other trade unions and the Ministry of Justice in the current economic climate.
19 Pray for the ongoing planning and preparation by Ethiopian volunteer medical teams visiting prisons as part of the Prisons Medical Project.
20 Pray for prison health care departments attending to many different needs including problems caused by addiction and poor lifestyle choices.
21 Our trustees are hoping they may be able to meet together today at the Keswick Convention. Please pray for them as they lead this work.
22 Sunday. Pray that seeds will be planted in the lives of staff who escort prisoners to Chapel, and that they will not be hardened to the Gospel.
23 Pray for prisoners whose grandparents have died and who cannot go to the funeral. Often grandparents are the only stable influence in their lives.
24 Pray for those who are unjustly or inappropriately in prison in many places throughout the world – some denied a fair trial or any trial at all.
25 Pray for Operation Grace, the 24/7 Prayer Group in HMP & YOI Doncaster and Way Beyond, God’s Ordinary People.
26 Pray for parole boards as they make decisions affecting the release of prisoners.
27 Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy (GMCC) as they visit churches in their efforts to find more volunteers for their valuable work.
28 Pray for those with addictions seeking help from GMCC that they will know release and healing.
29 Sunday. Pray that prisoners attending chapel for other reasons than to worship the Lord will hear or see something that causes them to turn to Him and be blessed in spite of themselves and their initial intentions.
30 Give thanks for all those former prisoners who having come to faith in the Lord Jesus are now serving the Lord in so many different ways.
31 Pray for opportunities to share with potential supporters – including UK prisoners – stories of what the Lord is doing in Ethiopian prisons and some of the ways they might be able to support this exciting life changing work.