How to Pray
Christians have an important role to play in helping to end modern-day slavery. We believe the most powerful weapon of warfare is prayer and although there is diversity in our faith and in how we live it out, we are all united in the common belief that stealing another person's destiny is an evil that must be opposed in both word and deed. Together as a body of believers united in prayer -we can do significant things to bring about change. As EFN partners across Europe, we unite in prayer as we prepare for Freedom Sunday (15 October) and the EU Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October). As we pray now, may the Lord prepare the way so that the eyes of the Church, society and politicians are opened to the evils of trafficking!
Here are some prayer points and a written prayer to help you.
Prepare your heart and minds
- Pray for understanding, knowledge, wisdom and compassion.
- “May the Lord direct your hearts to the Love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” - 2 Thessalonians 3:5 EVS
- Is 42:2 . Joel 3:3 . Is 10:2 . James 1:15
Pray for Victims
- Pray for strength, protection, freedom, justice, hope, healing and salvation,
- “For the Son of Man came to seek & save the lost” - Luke 19:10 ESV
- Ps 138:7 . Is 40:29 . Jer 29:11 . Ps 146:7 . Is 58:6
Pray for Governments
- Pray for world leaders to acknowledge the problem, for corruption to cease and for strong, fair legislation to be implemented.
- “You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke with them from heaven and gave them right rules & true laws, good statues & commandments" - Nehemiah 9:13 ESV
- Du 16:9 . Amos 5:12 . Pro 8:15 . Is 58:6
Pray for Demand to End
- Pray for traffickers and networks to be dismantled and for all captives to be set free.
- “Correcting His opponents with gentleness God may perhaps grant them repentance in leading to a knowledge of truth” - 2 Timothy 2:25 ESV
- Am 5:15a . Ps 37:20 . Rom 5:5-8 . Is 55:7
Pray for Global Awareness
- Pray for strength, protection, freedom, justice, hope, healing and salvation.
- “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known” - Luke 12:2 ESV
- Ps 25:4 . Eph 5:13 . Matt 4:22 . James 2:16-17 . Is 58:6
Pray for the Church
- Pray for the Church to awaken to the problem of human trafficking and for advocates to unite against injustice.
- “… on this rock I will build my church & the gates of hell shall not prevail” - Matthew 16:18 ESV
- Is 60:1-2 . Ps 133 . Jo 17:23 . 1 Pe 2:9-10
Pray for the European Freedom Networks and its partners
- Pray for unified voice, divine wisdom, provision and impact.
- “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” - 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
- Ps 5:12 . James 1:5 . Pro 4:7 . Luke 2:52
Prayer to Read
Lord your desire that we live lives full of purpose, lives that bring Glory to Your name. There are so many who are held captive in this world, so many who do not have the opportunity to live lives full of purpose. Lord we thank You that You came to set the captives free, to bind up the broken-hearted and see the prisoners released.
Lord today we bring before your Throne of Grace every woman, man and child that is held captive in any form of slavery or exploitation. We pray Lord that they would experience freedom from those who commit evil by holding them captive. Lord we pray for justice for every person held captive.
Lord we pray for politicians to pass laws that would protect the vulnerable
Lord we pray for the forced of justice – the police and the courts – to fulfil their duties to protect all citizens
Lord we pray for all health and social workers to dispense care without any form of prejudice
Lord we pray that we Your church would step up and reach out to those who are hurting without judgement or prejudice
Lord, we pray that You would establish a year of Jubilee for these captives. That they would know Your Love, Grace and forgiveness.