One of the most famous parables in the Bible involves a crime victim. In Luke chapter 10 we find The Parable of the Good Samaritan. An attorney asks Jesus the question, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus responds by telling the story of a man robbed while traveling to Jericho. Two religious leaders ignore the injured man. Finally a Samaritan which was dispised by the Jews saw the injured crime victim and helped him.
Jesus finishes the story with a question and a command:
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” - Luke 10:36-37 ESV
In all the times I've heard this story preached, I never remember a pastor suggesting the possibility that Jesus wanted this man to assist crime victims.
There are organizations like Justice Fellowship and Prison Fellowship that equip Christians to minister to inmates and crime victims.
In this article I am going to focus on how to pray for these people.
- Pray for healing for people that are emotionally and physically wounded.
- Pray for justice and resolution for the victims so that they may experience closure to the problems they've suffered.
- Pray for the perpetrators of unsolved murders to be found.
- Pray for the perpetrators and victims to find salvation in Christ Jesus and for reconciliation to take place in homes where crime has destroyed relationships.
- Pray for drug addicts to be set free from their addictions.