RE104, Week 3: Prayers and Reflections

Prayer for Restoring Justice

Lord, on this day
we pray for all who are caught in the web
of violence, crime, and being locked up.
We pray for all who are held captive,
the guilty and the innocent,
and those who keep watch over them.
May justice and mercy prevail
behind the walls of the prisons
and in the justice system itself.

We pray for the victims of crime,
their families,
and those who work to support them
in the healing of body, mind, and spirit.
Nourish and strengthen them
so they may live full lives
free of hurt, mistrust, and hate.

We ask this
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
who sets us free.

Amen.

A Prayer for Prisons and Prisoners

Lord Jesus,
for our sake you were condemned as a criminal:
Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment.
Remember all prisoners,
and bring the guilty to repentance
and amendment of life
according to your will,
and give them hope for their future.
When any are held unjustly,
bring them release;
forgive us,
and teach us to improve our justice.

Remember those who work in these institutions;
keep them humane and compassionate;
and save them from becoming brutal or callous.
And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord,
we do for you,
constrain us to improve their lot.

All this we ask for your mercy's sake.
Amen.

The Power of Redemption

Merciful God,
in your dear Son we have redemption,
even the forgiveness of sins.
Give us such strong belief in this,
the only power that can abolish evil,
that we shall be enabled to forgive our enemies.
Grant us grace not only to forgive
but to accept forgiveness through Christ,
the crucified.
Amen.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
I wait for the LORD,
my soul waits,
and in the LORD’S word I hope;
my soul waits for the LORD
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with the LORD is great power to redeem.
It is the LORD who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.
Amen.