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A Prayer for the Incarcerated

It is becoming more and more apparent that nursing homes, hospitals, and other locations are not the only places that are at high risk of the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. Prisons and jails are becoming places where the spread of the disease is growing. These places have some of the highest numbers of cases. The people who live in these places are incredibly at risk: they are unable to maintain 6 feet of separation, they do not have access to reliable treatment or preventative materials, and the mental health of those living in these circumstances are severely impacted. Today, we pray for all those who are experiencing incarceration, awaiting bail or trial at this time and for all those that they interact with. 

Isaiah 61:1

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and release to the prisoners.”

Let us pray,

Heavenly Father, you are sovereign over all, giving justice and proclaiming liberty to the captive. You were with Joseph when he was imprisoned in the king’s jail. Your spirit visited Paul during his incarceration. And you sent your son, Jesus, to proclaim good news and freedom. God, we ask you to be with all those who are incarcerated today, for those living out sentences, and those awaiting trial or bail. Let your spirit of peace and comfort be upon them. They are some of your most vulnerable children and they are at high risk of exposure to coronavirus Covid-19. Provide them with resources to keep them healthy and safe, let the ears and hearts of those in power be turned to hear the needs of your children. Keep all those who work in prisons and jails healthy and prevent the spread of the virus to all those they interact with, especially those who have no means of protecting themselves. All this we pray in your name. Amen. 

 

Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall

Saturday, April 18