In thanksgiving to God for the Success of the 16 days prayer campaign and for Prayers answered.
We are keen to know what churches and Christians are already doing to address violence against women and their children.
Does your church have a proactive strategy to address instances of family violence? Are you working to make change inside or outside of your faith community? Finally, have you ever disclosed abuse and been genuinely helped by a community of faith?
Peace be with you 🙏
Today as we light the fifteenth candle we offer our prayers in thanksgiving to God for the Success of the 16 days prayer campaign and for Prayers answered.
Here are the prayers for you.
*In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen *
Thank you, God, that you are able to do powerful things in and through our churches.
Thank you that you have made us see domestic and family violence more clearly for the sin it is against you and the people you love.
We praise you that you have the power to change each of us from the inside out. Make us more aware, and enable us to act on our awareness. Give us vision to see hope and more loving ways forward. Please work in each of us so that we can help our churches be places. of care, safety, justice and truth for everyone. Amen
Lord’s Prayer for Domestic and Family Violence
Our Father in heaven,
you are a good Father, who loves to give good gifts and who cares for us.
Hallowed be your name.
May you be known as a God of justice and mercy and compassion and truth, by victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.
Your kingdom come.
Bring the full resources of the kingdom for victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence. Your kingdom upends oppressive powers and exalts the humble and low, brings healing to the wounded, and goes beyond outward appearance and reaches to the heart. Your kingdom brings together people of every culture, tongue and tribe in equality and grace and hope.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
We trust in your perfect will. Because you are completely good, we trust in the goodness of your will.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Father we have many needs. Please give us the support we need to escape situations of violence. Please give us the compassion and wisdom to be supporters. Please give us hope through your gospel.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
God we ask for your forgiveness over our complicity, our apathy or our involvement in domestic and family violence. God please give us grace to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation.
We are tempted to give up, or despair. Lead us away from that, into perseverance and hope. We are tempted to maintain cultures and habits which oppress and control. Lead us away from that, into respect and freedom.
And deliver us from evil.
You have conquered all evil – all that is wrong within us, and without. There is no power that can stand against you. Please give freedom, healing and protection to all who need it.