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Lord God, bless all the staff in prisons. Help them to see their work as a vital service to the community and to look upon their charges with compassion. Give them strength in their difficult work and the will to continue when it seems hard going. I ask it in the name of Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for prison chaplains and visitors to prisoners. Show them how to enable the prisoners to think in terms of hope for their future. Help them to communicate your compassion to the people they visit and help those people to accept your love. in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for people in prison. Minister the gospel of your forgiveness and mercy to those who are suffering from guilt and depression. Prompt them to use their time to equip themselves for life and work when they are released. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance”.
Ps 66:11, 12 NIV
One of the frustrations and irritations of life as a human being is that we can seldom see far ahead. Because of this we muddle along, fumbling and bumbling our way through. We wonder if we will ever get anywhere worthwhile. But we can look back and see where we have come from. And sometimes that exercise is helpful and constructive for us.
In Psalm 66 the psalmist was doing just that. The Israelites in Egypt (after Joseph had been sold into slavery) had “gone through the mill”. In their journey through the desert towards Israel they had suffered in different ways with extreme hunger and thirst. They often wondered how much more they could endure, and would they ever get to the promised land? It took them forty long, dreary and sometimes painful years. Finally, they crossed the River Jordan from the east and settled in Israel (which at the time was known as Canaan). The psalmist is saying that God foresaw that destiny for them and led them through that whole saga in their history. Whilst they often didn’t know what was happening, God was guiding them, preserving them, and leading them to a land that was pleasant and fruitful.
God can see the long distant view for us as well. He knows the way he is taking. He knows how he is going to get us to where he wants us to be. He can be trusted to sustain us, to keep us and to bring us in the end to our journey’s end.
Lord, thank you that you have a long-term view for me.
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