Everything we do is rooted in prayer. Through prayer we have seen lives transformed, families healed, hope restored.

When PF was founded in 1979, volunteers were not initially allowed into prison, but continued to meet regularly to pray for their local prison, and everyone connected with it. To pray was never seen as a “consolation prize”, but rather a tremendous privilege.

PF is a praying organisation. As Christians, prayer is the way we communicate with our Heavenly Father; through prayer we seek God’s perspective, and to see others as Christ sees them; through prayer we grow our relationship with God, in the same way that any relationship flourishes through communication.

Not everyone is able to volunteer and visit prisoners. But everyone can pray. Sylvia Mary Alison wrote in her memoir:

In our prayer imagination, we can enter any prison in the world, and visit Christ in prisoners there… It is Christ who beckons us into the darkest of the world’s jails.

Will you cooperate with our Lord in building his house, from the ground floor up, by marching into every prison of the world in prayer?”

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Daily Prayer Prompts


You can now find Prison Fellowship on the PrayerMate app, to guide you as you prayer daily for our prisons and everyone connected with them.

Prayer Diary

Men and women across England and Wales are committed to praying regularly for their local prison and for everyone connected with them. We've created our monthly Prayer Diary to guide you as you pray for our prisons.