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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for People Held Captive

“God, you are a friend of the oppressed.  Jesus said that he came to release the oppressed.  We believe this, and as Jesus followers we carry forward his mission with our prayers of faith.  We appeal to you, our God on behalf of those who today, in the 21st century are held in slavery against their will. 27,000,000 of your precious children are locked in bondage, as child soldiers in the Congo, sex slaves in Minneapolis, indentured workers in Delhi, sweatshop workers in San Francisco.  This is evil! This is unimaginable. This breaks your heart. May it break ours! Have mercy and act to break these oppressive chains.  Give us wisdom and creativity and courage to be your hands and feet and eyes in this matter.  Defeat the oppressors. Strengthen those who fight against this oppression.  Encourage those who have lost all hope.  Mount a rising tide of indignation against this grave offense, this abomination against those you have created in your own image. May nothing keep them from fulfilling their destiny. God, we ask you now to end modern day slavery in our day. And use us as you well to answer this prayer.  We pray this in the name of Jesus.  Let it be done.”

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