Prayer For A Child In Trouble
Father, we come to you in prayer to protect Your children from abductors who prey on the most vulnerable. Bless the radical partnership between leaders of all faiths, law enforcement, traditional healers, and communities to stop child sacrifice once and for all. Comfort grieving parents in their time of unimaginable loss.
Lord, we echo the psalmist's confidence that You will deliver those who cry out to You for help. See to the needs of precious girls and boys vulnerable to child marriage or already trapped in its grasp. Hear and answer their cries for help. May cultures where it is accepted and encouraged learn of the harm it causes to children and change these societies.
Lord God, help families that practice FGM see its damaging effects on girls and young women. Motivate these families to turn away from inhumane practices, and we pray that You protect their female children from all forms of harm, including FGM. Lay a hand of protection over girls at risk of FGM and cutting.
Dear God, there are times when it is right and righteous to be angry. It is right to be angry about people who exploit children. Let that righteous anger fuel action, Lord. Don't let it fade into complacency.
Lord, You are our provider, and we know all good things come from Your hand. Help families to find reliable incomes so children don't have to work. We pray that laws and cultural practices would help protect children from a childhood of abuse and suffering.
Dear Lord, Your Word calls us to hunger and thirst for righteousness a righteousness that leads to compassion for the poor and a renewing of minds. Lead us to this kind of faith that works to make a better world for all Your children.
Lord, we know You love Your children, and we pray that when they must work, that You would protect children's growing bodies. Please keep them safe and free of injuries and toxins. Deliver them from oppressive bosses and hazardous conditions. Make it possible from children at risk to stay in school.
Dear Lord, you have witnessed the rebelliousness of youth since the very beginnings of time. You understand a parent's anguish and helplessness over the actions of his child. Please help us to transform our anger and frustration into loving care for our child who has gone astray. Help us begin to mend our broken fences and heal our broken hearts. Bless our child and also help him to mend the error of his ways. Help and bless us all to do right in Your name and restore us to peace and tranquility. Amen.