A PRAYER FOR THE PRISONERS:

O GOD,
WHO SPAREST WHEN WE DESERVE PUNISHMENT AND IN THY WRATH REMEMBEREST MERCY;
WE HUMBLY BESEECH THEE,
OF THY GOODNESS,
TO COMFORT AND SUCCOR ALL PRISONERS.

GIVE THEM A RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES,
AND OF THY WARNINGS AND PROMISES,
THAT THEY MAY PUT THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THEE,
AND IN THEE ALONE.

RELIEVE THE DISTRESSED,
PROTECT THE INNOCENT,
AND AWAKEN THE GUILTY.

AND,
FORASMUCH AS THOU ALONE CANST BRING LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS,
AND GOOD OUT OF EVIL,
GRANT THAT THOU GRACE MAY IMPEL THE GUILTY TO SEEK THAT ONLY REDEEMER WHO CAN FREE THEIR SOULS FROM THE CHAINS OF SIN;
AND THIS WE BEG FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

AMEN.

Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Death penalty supporters should say this prayer

Forgive us, Lord.

We continue to lead our nation in killing, by execution, those you have created in your image. We know you said, "Vengeance is Mine." But like Jonah, we know that you are full of love and mercy.

You will forgive.

Our desire for revenge is too important for us to entrust it to you.

Forgive us, Lord.

Our system of justice is not perfect.

We sometimes execute those who are not guilty as we did with your Son on Calvary.

We execute the young and the mentally ill.

Our desire for revenge is too important to us to let an occasional mistake sway us.

Forgive us, Lord.

We must protect society.

We say the death penalty is a deterrent.

Facts do not support that.

Secure prisons and life without parole will protect us, but our desire for revenge is too important to us, so we ignore the facts.

Forgive us, Lord.

We say that it is cheaper to kill murderers than lock them up for the rest of their lives.

This is not true, but our desire for revenge is too important to us to let facts persuade us.

Forgive us, Lord.

We execute to satisfy the families of the victims.

It does not bring back their loved ones.

It creates new victims.

It simply reinforces the cycle of violence.

It provides closure for none.

No matter.

Our desire for revenge is too important to us for reason to deter us.

Forgive us, Lord.

In the end, it will be our turn to be judged, we will beseech you, Lord, and we will pray, "Most merciful, compassionate and loving God, we have sinned.

Our desire for revenge was too important to us.

Forgive us, Lord."

(source: Guest Column; Robert Gazaway is president of the Beaumont/Southeast Texas chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; the Beaumont Enterprise)

Prayers for Prisoners Book

Jesus always had special concern for those in prison.

After all, throughout history, some of Jesus' best friends have been prisoners for one reason or another.

And in a certain sense, we are all prisoners trapped in our own sins, our worldly desires, and the sheer ordinariness of our lives.

For every prisoner, on either side of the iron bars, this book brings hope.

These prayers remind us that, prisoners though we may be, Jesus promised us His truth would set us free.

From the Foreword by Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina:

"This book, Prayers for Prisoners, should be welcomed by many people, inside and outside prison walls.

In some way all of us are prisoners, locked in prisons of our own, or other people’s, making. We may be shackled by fears, addictions, negative attitudes, hostilities stemming from past experiences, inordinate attachments to people or material possessions, obsessions, bad habits, long-standing attractions to one or another form of evil, or just plain sin in general.

Though these meditations and prayers are directed mainly to prison inmates, they have a universal appeal."

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