A Prayer for those in Bondage

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,” Luke 4:18

 

Father God,

We pray for those today who are in bondage.

Some are in bondage to others as sex slaves and slave workers.

We ask O God that you move in the hearts and minds and wills of all those who can do something TO do something to bring freedom from this bondage for someone’s daughter or son.

Some are in bondage to an addiction – alcohol, drugs, sex, food, the internet, approval, etc

We ask  Holy Spirit that you would again this day move and act within the hearts and wills of those who are in bondage that they would see their powerlessness and make that first step of admission of that powerlessness to You, themselves, and those who can help them get on the path of/to recovery.

Some are in bondage through domestic violence or they are in an abusive relationship.

We pray dear Jesus that You will intervene in the right way, NOW, on their behalf and bring freedom both physically as well as in every other way, to them. And we pray for the children caught in these situations, even now we ask that You will help them know You are there with them and that You are doing something about it.

Father others are in bondage to a state because they have chosen to worship You and Your one and only Son and are being held because of their refusal to renounce that faith. We stand with them this day as they stand for You and Your wonderful and redemptive grace and love. Help them to stand strong in the face of harassment, imprisonment, and even death so that You will receive them into Your great and Holy presence until that day when You will return and put all things to right.

And Lord many of us are in bondage though the lives we live are normal and free.

We are in bondage to fear, anxiety, and there is a smoldering resentment and anger that causes us to lash out and/or withdraw from our family and friends who, though they be seemingly powerless to help us, are the very ones who can often help us get started out of the inner hole we have dug for ourselves.

So God this day, we who have freedom, the freedom to move about, the freedom to protest, the freedom to say ‘NO!’… and ‘Yes!’ we pray for those who are not so fortunate. We ask for Your love, grace, and mercy, to do its good and wondrous thing now and in the days ahead for them that they will be… free!

Amen.

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