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Prisons Week - 9th - 15th October 2016
- Lord have mercy

As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, master, have mercy on us!”
Luke 17: 12-13 (NLV)

As we grow in faith and realise how much God loves each one of us — how great is his mercy in forgiving, nurturing and encouraging us — then we find that we ourselves become more able to show mercy to others, and then to ask God to show more mercy to us. It’s a virtuous circle: he is merciful, so we become merciful, and then we experience more of his mercy! But we know that we could always do better, and although God calls us to perfection, only God is perfect.

So, in this Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, ‘Lord, have mercy’ is our shared, common prayer, putting us all on holy ground and an equal footing as we draw closer to Jesus, the ‘face of the Father’s mercy’.

For forty years Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities, those working in the criminal justice system, and the many people who are involved in caring for those affected by crime on the inside and outside of our prisons. Please pray each day during Prisons Week, but also ask yourself whether there is one thing that you as an individual, or as a church, can do to help any of the people that you are praying for.

For more information, to make a donation or to order more of these prayer leaflets:

  • visit our website
  • email prisonsweek@spurgeons.org
  • write to Prisons Week, c/o Spurgeons, 74 Wellingborough Road, Rushden, Northants NN10 9TY