One of the initiatives Christians pursue is prison ministry. There are many prisoners who are convicted of a crime, from petty to serious ones, who end up believing the Gospel, repenting, and surrendering their lives to Him. Some converted prisoners became ministers after receiving the Gospel while in prison. This is evidence of God’s grace that no one is too far from His grace.
Heavenly Father, I thank You because You have changed the hardened heart of those prisoners to hearts of flesh, allowing them to become new creatures with the desire to grow in holiness and live for Christ. May You use them more to advance your Kingdom, even in prison. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What Can A Husband Pray While In Jail?
If a married man who committed a crime is convicted and incarcerated, believes the Gospel, repents, and commits to following Christ for the rest of his life, that man becomes a new creation, as written in (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17). If a man becomes a new creation, regardless of whatever crime he has been convicted of, he will desire to pursue a life of holiness, given that he has a new heart. He knows that God is holy and that he too ought to be holy, as written in 1 Peter 1:15-16.
As he pursues holiness, he is not doing it out of the mindset that pursuing it will save him. Instead, it is because he is saved that he wants to live a holy life. When he encounters God’s mercies in the person of Christ, he desires out of zeal and passion for God to present himself as a living sacrifice for God, as written in Romans 12:1-2. In other words, the very life that everyone is hesitant to give to someone, he is willing to give it to God and live his life for Him. He then lives his life in holiness and godliness.
Because a man, despite being in prison, has converted with a changed heart and lives a life of holiness, that man exercises spiritual discipline to grow in maturity as a believer. That means reading His Bible, having fellowship with fellow inmates who also know the saving faith of Christ, and devoting time to prayer.
There are many things that a man in jail can pray for, despite being locked up. He can pray for matters regarding his family, especially since he is imprisoned and cannot attend to his family himself. He can pray for continuous provision for his family, that God or whoever he left his family with will protect and take care of them, for his family to also know Christ if they are not Christians and many other matters.
He can also pray for concerns regarding the prison. In this regard, there are numerous things for which he can pray. One is for the Gospel to spread among the prisoners so that he will have the boldness to preach Christ to them and for his ministry work to bear fruit. He can also pray for safety and peace among inmates, knowing the dangers and how frequent fights and even killings can happen inside the prison. Another matter that he can pray for regarding prison is for the jail officers to treat the prisoners fairly. If his case is subject to a parole hearing, he can also pray for favor, such that his parole shall be granted.
Just because a man is in prison does not mean he cannot pray like Christians outside, just as Christians pray for our personal walk with God so that we may grow in godliness and Christlikeness, for our ministry to bear fruit, and to intercede for our nation, community, different sectors of society, and other everyday things that Christians pray for. Even men in prison can pray for those things.
Heavenly Father, I thank You because despite being behind bars, their spirit is never locked up but free in Christ. Their physical bodies may be in prison, but they are spiritually free. Thank You because the dividing wall of hostility between You and us has been broken down in Christ. Christ’s work on the cross has already paid the debts of their sins. Now You see the righteousness of Christ in them, so they can be confident as they approach Your throne of grace to pray. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How Can A Husband Pray In Jail?
A husband in jail can pray just like any other Christian prays, which is by thanking God, as written in (In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:18), for whatever it is that he ought to thank God for, like still being alive in prison, being able to come to know Christ while in prison, that his family is doing well outside, and so much more. He also should pray in adoration, worship, and praise to God, for He is the Most High God, the highest thereof, similar to Psalm 150:1-6. Also, we can pray to God by presenting his prayer requests to Him, as written in Philippians 4:6-7.
Whether it is thanksgiving, worship, or concerns that a husband in jail wants to pray for, he can freely pray and talk it out with his heavenly Father. Prayer is our worship of God and also our means of communication with Him. A good practical step to start with is to think about the things you can thank God for in your life, what about God is worthy of adoration, worship, and praise, and what concerns you would like to lift to Him.
Below is an example of a prayer that a husband in jail can say:
Father in heaven, I thank You because even though I am physically in prison, my spirit and soul are free in Christ. I have been freed from the bondage of sin. Thank You for sustaining me while I am here in prison, such that even while in prison, I am growing in sanctification. Thank You for my fellow brothers in Christ here, with whom we get to encourage one another and exhort one another in the faith. Always remind me of who You are so that I may not grow overly familiar with You. You are the Most High God, the highest category thereof. There is none like You, LORD. Life, beauty, splendor, and magnificence are only found in You. You are the highest good. Take good care of my family, Father. Provide for their needs and protect my wife and son from harm or danger. I pray that my parole will be processed soon and that I will be allowed to start anew. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Despite being in jail, the prayer of a husband in Christ has great power, as written in (Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16.) It is because he is a righteous man praying not because of his own righteousness but through the righteousness that Christ has imputed upon him for believing the Gospel and committing to follow Christ. While in some cases, due to the consequences of their past crimes, they have to serve time in prison, they can still thrive as Christians with their freedom and power in Christ.