Pray for Enslaved Children

 

Freedom Sunday is this weekend. We have the opportunity to remember children who are enslaved and trafficked and intercede on their behalf. Do not underestimate the power of prayer for these precious boys and girls. God hears their cries, is present with them their situations, and promises to bring justice both for them and their oppressors.  Here are some Bible verses and prayer requests to get you started.

 

Child Laborers

Psalm 72:12 -“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.”

  • Pray for God to protect child laborers from physical and emotional harm
  • Pray that parents can find work so that their children are able to attend school.
  • Pray for employers who oppress and exploit children to realize their worth and choose to protect and nurture them.
  • Pray for despair to be replaced with hope.

 

Child Soldiers

Psalm 91:2b, 5 -“‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ … You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”

  • Pray for child soldiers to be released back to their families.
  • Pray for God to restore children who have experienced the painful trauma of war.
  • Pray for despair to be replaced with hope.
  • Pray that God will give wisdom and compassion to ministry workers who are helping children reintegrate into society.

 

Sexually Exploited Children

Psalm 10:17-18 – “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.”

  • Pray for safe and secure shelters to provide for needs of children living on the streets so that they are less vulnerable to traffickers.
  • Pray for strong law enforcement efforts and for brothels to be discovered and shut down.
  • Pray for God to convict the hearts of traffickers, pimps and the “customers” and to transform their lives.
  • Pray for despair to be replaced with hope.
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Children and the Cape Town Commitment: Part 2

On March 15th, 2011, posted in: 4/14 Window, Karen's Blog by

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The Cape Town Commitment came out of the Lausanne meetings last October. The document includes two sections — a confession of faith and a call to action. Here’s the call to action concerning children from Part 2, Section 5.

We commit ourselves to:

A)    Take children seriously, through fresh biblical and theological enquiry that reflects on God’s love and purpose for them and through them, and by rediscovering the profound significance for theology and mission of Jesus’ provocative action in placing ‘a child in the midst’. Mark 9:33-37

B)    Seek to train people and provide resources to meet the needs of children worldwide, wherever possible working with their families and communities, in the conviction that holistic ministry to and through each next generation of children and young people is a vital component of world mission.

C)    Expose, resist, and take action against all abuse of children, including violence, exploitation, slavery, trafficking, prostitution, gender and ethnic discrimination, commercial targeting, and willful neglect.

© 2011 The Lausanne Movement

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Children and the Cape Town Commitment: Part 1

On March 9th, 2011, posted in: 4/14 Window, Karen's Blog by

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Last October, 4,000 leaders from more than 200 countries attended The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. Through discussions and prayer, participants sought God’s direction to discern where the Church should invest its efforts and energies to most effectively respond to Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Recently, the Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action was released. Here’s Part 2, Section 5 concerning children.

5. Children

All children are at risk. There are about two billion children in our world, and half of them are at risk from poverty. Millions are at risk from prosperity. Children of the wealthy and secure have everything to live with, but nothing to live for.

Children and young people are the Church of today, not merely of tomorrow. Young people have great potential as active agents in God’s mission. They represent an enormous under-used pool of influencers with sensitivity to the voice of God and a willingness to respond to him. We rejoice in the excellent ministries that serve among and with children, and long for such work to be multiplied since the need is so great. As we see in the Bible, God can and does use children and young people – their prayers, their insights, their words, their initiatives – in changing hearts. They represent ‘new energy’ to transform the world. Let us listen and not stifle their childlike spirituality with our adult rationalistic approaches.

© 2011 The Lausanne Movement

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