“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” – Acts 12:5 (NIV)
When Peter was thrown into prison at the order of King Herod, there was nothing his friends could do for him. They had no way to reach him—except to pray with their whole hearts. Their prayers were a game-changer. Though Peter was chained between two trained guards, an angel came in, took off his chains, and led him out the gate.
Ministering to men and women behind bars can feel just as impossible as rescuing Peter from the Roman guards. How can we make the freedom of Christ seem relevant to someone stuck in a small cell 23 hours a day? How can the message of redemption and restoration enter a heart as hard as concrete? How do we reach those who, from a human perspective, are unreachable?
The answer is the same for us as it was for the early followers of Jesus. We start by praying, continually and with our whole hearts, for all those affected by the cycle of crime and incarceration. We trust the Holy Spirit to bring about the spiritual freedom of men and women created in the image of God. And miracles follow.
Did you know that, in addition to giving and volunteering, you can support Prison Fellowship as a part of our prayer team? We are excited to offer you the opportunity to join with a community of prayer warriors all across the country who are praying for prisoners, their families, and the many ongoing events and activities that affect their lives. Learn more today at https://www.prisonfellowship.org/prayerteam/.