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Prisons Week of Prayer

9th - 15th October 2022

This annual week of prayer starts on Prisons Sunday, the second Sunday in October and is an initiative supported by almost thirty Christian organisations working in prisons and post-release. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage prayer for everyone affected by imprisonment and the criminal justice system.

Spurgeons takes an active part in preparing the prayer resources, which are available from the Prisons Week of Prayer website.

What are you thankful for?

was the question that prompted the responses on the prayer leaflet (left) and in the short film (above). It turned out that everybody had something, or more likely someone, that they were truly grateful for.

Please pray through the week using the daily prayers on the leaflet from people affected in different ways by imprisonment. They are inspired by this year’s Prisons Sunday bible reading in Luke:17 when the Samaritan leper returns to thank Jesus for bringing hope, healing and purpose to a life of hostility and suffering.

There’s also a blank ‘Thank you’ poster which can be used to create your own messages or prayers of thanks.

Spurgeons runs family support services for prisoners and their families and friends who visit them, with a focus on children and strengthening family relationships. We appreciate how daunting an experience having a loved one in prison can be for everyone involved and our aim is to help families to reconnect in a positive way.

Here are some of the ways that we support families and offer information or training to others who can help.

Prisons Week Prayer

Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love
prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded
by the actions of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another,
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together
with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day.


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