TUESDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER 2020: THE UGANDA PRISONS SERVICE
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|29th September 2020
|The Uganda Prisons Service
|30th September 2020
|1st October 2020
|2nd October 2020
|The Electoral Commission
|3rd October 2020
|4th October 2020
|The 2021 Elections
|5th October 2020
|Post- Election to Swearing-in
|6th October 2020
|7th October 2020
|Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029
|8th October 2020
|9th October 2020
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (7 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
THE UGANDA PRISONS SERVICE
In the Bible, the word prison first appears in the story of Joseph in Egypt. In the narrative a special place was used as a prison under the custody of a military officer. (Genesis 40:3; 42:17). During Israel’s wilderness wanderings there are two accounts of confinement (Leviticus 24:12; Numbers 15:34), but it was only till the mind of God concerning certain matters could be ascertained. The Mosaic Law made no provision for imprisonment as a punishment and no mention is made of it until the time of the kings where there are frequently mentioned. Prisons and prisoners are also mentioned in the book of Psalms.
In the New Testament there are several references to prisons. Jesus was briefly confined in one before his crucifixion. In the book of Acts the apostles were put frequently thrown into prison. Scripture has many records of innocent men who were incarcerated both in the New and Old Testaments. We are commanded to be compassionate to those in prison.
The Prisons Act, 2006 provides for the mandate and functions of a Uganda Prisons Service. The administrative head of the Uganda Prisons Service is the Commissioner General of Prisons who is assisted by the Deputy Commissioner General, two Directors of Administration and Correctional Service, and an Under Secretary in Charge of Finance and Administration. Commissioners supported by Assistant Commissioners head the departments.
The key objective of the Prisons Service is “to contribute to the protection of all members of society by providing reasonable, safe, secure and humane custody and rehabilitation of offenders in accordance to universally accepted standards”. Uganda has the lowest reoffending rates in Africa, estimated at around 30%. However, overcrowding is still alarmingly high and though Luzira Maximum Security Prison (Kampala) is considered a model prison in Africa, there are strong differences with most rural jails throughout the country. There are about 65,000 persons incarcerated in our prisons with just under half being suspects – a situation that needs urgent redress.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
And they put him in custody, till the will of the LORD should be clear to them.
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are
mistreated, since you also are in the body.
For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:23
Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater
labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.
Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for
you will deal bountifully with me.
To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die…
Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those
doomed to die!
WORSHIP THE LORD OUR DELIVERER FROM PRISON
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
THANK GOD FOR:
- The men and women that are God’s ministers in the Uganda Prisons Service – the leadership of Uganda Prisons Service.
- Those in Prisons Gospel Ministry
- Uganda’s prisons system that has been praised as the best in Africa when it comes to offering correctional programmes.
PROCLAMATION OVER THE UGANDA PRISONS SERVICE
A Declaration Of What We Are Praying For And What We See As God Answers Prayer
God is raising leaders for all levels of the Uganda Prisons Service.
They will lead in righteousness, justice, mercy and truth.
Through their leadership Uganda will be well protected from internal aggressors.
They will be wise, understanding, experienced and able men and women who fear God, are
trustworthy and hate bribes.
They will demonstrate respect and carry the spirit of service as they exercise their leadership
as servants of the populace.
These leaders will be a defence for Uganda, a hiding place from the wind and a
cover from the storms.
They will be a source of refreshment and renewal for the prisoners under them and citizens of
Uganda as rivers of water in a dry place.
They will be a protection and covering from the heat and threats of criminals just like
the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
They will not hold God’s sword in vain but will use it to rehabilitate those imprisoned.
As a result Ugandans will live in peace and safety and no one shall make us afraid.
There will be a hatred for wrongdoing in the Uganda Prisons Service and no abuse of prisoners.
The wicked in the Prisons Service will fall from places of authority.
Leadership in the Uganda Prisons Service will be locked up spiritually for idolaters; the corrupt; those who practice iniquity and ungodliness; those who utter error against the Lord; those who scheme evil and devise wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words; those who keep the hungry unsatisfied; and those who cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Rather the generous and upright will stand and the righteous will flourish.
Through the leadership of the Uganda Prisons Service the eyes and ears of prisoners will open up so
that their eyes will not be dim, neither their ears dull.
Those who are rash, careless and ignorant will gain understanding of knowledge, and
the tongue of the stammerers will be trained to speak plainly.
Wisdom and honor will have true meanings in the Uganda Prisons Service.
Foolishness and wickedness will be despised and overthrown.
Those legally imprisoned will be kept in humane, safe custody, provided in court without delays
until lawfully discharged or removed from prison.
Prisoners will be socially rehabilitated and reformed through specific training and educational
On discharge from prison they will be facilitated to re-integrate into their communities. The physical condition of prison buildings will be improved and prison overcrowding will be addressed.
The specific needs and requirements of certain categories of prisoners, like the elderly, minors, and
the mentally sick will be well taken care of.
There will be strong respect for human rights in the Uganda Prisons Services.
The Uganda Prisons Service will be fully engaged in productive activities for national development.
Through the service of those called to Prison Gospel Ministry, thousands will come to know the Lord while in prison
Uganda will have an increasingly efficient and effective Prisons Service in the unfolding years and as citizens become law abiding as a result of a National divine visitation, there will be less and less need for people to be imprisoned.