Intercessory Prayers

Themes of Prayer

Pray for the victims of trafficking:

Pray for comfort: trafficking tears people away from family, friends and home.
Pray for healing: victims of trafficking are often abused physically and emotionally.
Pray for courage: trafficked people often live in fear of their traffickers, and can’t speak out against them.
Pray for hope: that God will shine his light into dark places.

Pray for the ‘consumers’ who fuel the trafficking trade:

Pray for true sight: those who buy services from trafficked people often don’t see themselves as part of the problem.
Pray for change: that those making money from this trade will stop, or be stopped.
Pray for freedom: that the wealthy, economic world will find fulfilment without needing to exploit the poor and vulnerable.

Pray for all those working to support victims of trafficking and for those seeking to prevent human trafficking around the world:

Pray for protection: traffickers see their victims as sources of income, so it can be dangerous for others to rescue them.
Pray for wisdom: victims of trafficking are wounded and fearful; those who rescue them need to know how to best help them.
Pray for truth: a trafficked person may have completely lost their identity; those who help them need to enable them to learn who they are in God.
Pray for resources: that all organisations working to prevent human trafficking and provide support to those who become victims will have the resources required to continue their vital work.

 

Themes of Prayer

Pray for the victims of trafficking:

Pray for comfort: trafficking tears people away from family, friends and home.
Pray for healing: victims of trafficking are often abused physically and emotionally.
Pray for courage: trafficked people often live in fear of their traffickers, and can’t speak out against them.
Pray for hope: that God will shine his light into dark places.

Pray for the ‘consumers’ who fuel the trafficking trade:

Pray for true sight: those who buy services from trafficked people often don’t see themselves as part of the problem.
Pray for change: that those making money from this trade will stop, or be stopped.
Pray for freedom: that the wealthy, economic world will find fulfilment without needing to exploit the poor and vulnerable.

Pray for all those working to support victims of trafficking and for those seeking to prevent human trafficking around the world:

Pray for protection: traffickers see their victims as sources of income, so it can be dangerous for others to rescue them.
Pray for wisdom: victims of trafficking are wounded and fearful; those who rescue them need to know how to best help them.
Pray for truth: a trafficked person may have completely lost their identity; those who help them need to enable them to learn who they are in God.
Pray for resources: that all organisations working to prevent human trafficking and provide support to those who become victims will have the resources required to continue their vital work.

 

Prayer 1

Leader: We pray for people who are trafficked,
may they find freedom from fear and harm,
and courage to live in hope.
Let us pray to the Lord.
(Silence is kept)
Lord, have mercy
All: Christ, have mercy

Leader: We pray for people who traffick others,
may they find freedom from greed and violence,
and courage to live with justice.
Let us pray to the Lord.
(Silence is kept)
Lord, have mercy
All: Christ, have mercy

Leader: We pray for people who work to prevent trafficking,
may they find freedom from threats and webs of untruths,
and courage to live in peace.
Let us pray to the Lord.
(Silence is kept)
Lord, have mercy
All: Christ, have mercy

Leader: God of compassion and mercy,
who heard the cry of your people,
and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery
to freedom in the promised land,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death
and, by the leading of your Spirit,
bring us to your promised land,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
All: Amen.

Prayer 2

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, you saw human beings,
not property, when you said: Let the children come
to me, do not stop them.

You took the children in your arms and blessed them.
Wherever children are made to work
or bought and sold as economic assets,
challenge the adults who use and abuse them.
Change the patterns of poverty and the greed
for money and power that put children at risk
of being treated as possessions to be traded.
Set the children free to receive your blessings again today.

Leader: Lord, have mercy.
All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, you saw a student,
not a servant, when you said that the part that
Mary had chosen would not be taken away from her.

You gave women the right to learn and to teach your truth.
Wherever women are excluded from education,
forced into labour, pressed into prostitution, invisible by law or custom,
challenge the powers that diminish and demean them.
Lift up the lowly and cast down the proud,
until all women’s work, paid and unpaid,
is freely chosen, held in honour, and carried out in safety.

Leader: Lord, have mercy.
All: Christ, have mercy.

 

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, you had compassion for the crowds
when you told your disciples to give them something to eat.

Your blessing gave plenty of food for everyone.
Wherever hunger makes people vulnerable,
challenge the exploiters who prey on their despair.

Silence the traders who make false promises
and shine with the light of your truth to reveal injustice and deceit.
Bless the gifts of the generous,
distribute the resources of those who have plenty,
preserve the dignity of the poor,
and let no one’s body or integrity be sold for daily bread.

Leader: Lord, have mercy.
All: Christ, have mercy.

Prayer 3

Let us pray for all people including victims of human trafficking, and for Christ’s church throughout the world.

Leader: Gracious and loving God,
You created us male and female and you created us all for freedom.
Yet through disobedience to you, this freedom was corrupted.
This corruption bought injustice and hardships and suffering.
It bought a broken relationship with you and between people.
We pray for those who suffer and struggle in the world because of this.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Leader: We pray for those who are victims of human trafficking 
And those who are trafficked because of greed and selfishness  and corruption.
We pray for families that are split, or who are all in slavery.
We pray you may be with them and comfort them, and continually give them courage and hope.
May they never lose their understanding that they were created with worth
And nothing can take this gift of life from them.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Leader: We pray for conditions that cause slavery, such as poverty, lack of education and economic injustice. 
May your people and all people be given the eyes of your heart,
To see what can be done and to do it,
As a fulfilment of your command to love our neighbour.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Leader: We pray for the mission organisations, aid and development groups, and NGOs
Who are involved in prevention, education and eradication of human trafficking.
We pray you give them wisdom and understanding, compassion and communication, abilities and desires to work together,
With each other, with your church and their communities
To bring your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Leader: We pray for all peoples who suffer, who are at war and suffer from injustice.
We pray for those in authority as they govern and lead cultures, communities and nations, 
that they may have the courage to administer justice and
work together for the wellbeing of people and for goodness.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for your church that they may accept the faith, grace and love,
That you freely and generously give
so that as we join together in the ongoing mission of Christ;
And that we may see unity and truth being shared together,
For the sake of service to your world and the glory of your holy name.
All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Leader: We give you thanks for the saints that have  gone before,
who gave their lives for social justice, and the freedom and dignity of all people.
By your grace may we follow their example and the calling of your Holy Spirit,
to share together in bringing in your will for the world.
All: Lord, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


At the conclusion of the prayers the leader may say:
Our Father in heaven,...
...For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer 4

Leader: Lord of all, we claim your justice, mercy, 
compassion, comfort and freedom for the millions 
affected by human trafficking in our world today. 
For the men, women and children, enslaved by fear, 
torture, dependency, entrapment and bonded labour 
we ask for you to intervene with righteousness and grace.

All: God of all that is good, give freedom 
to the captives and restore justice to your world.


Leader: Lord, for the victims who are lured, trapped and exploited. 
We pray for comfort for their pain, healing for their hurts, 
courage to speak out against their oppressors and 
for restorative hope for those who have been rescued and those yet to be rescued.

All: Holy Spirit, we ask you to heal 
and restore the victims with your transforming power.


Leader: God of Justice, we pray for those that enslave: 
the trafficker, the slave master and the unjust ‘employer’. 
We ask you to stir them with your voice of justice 
and conscience of goodness. speak to them in dreams, 
thoughts and words, and with lawful intervention. 
Help them to understand their actions and understand your grace.

All: Jesus the Redeemer, we pray for the hearts 
and minds of the oppressors: traffickers and consumers.


Leader: Lord of hope, we claim your light for the darkest of situations. 
Guide and equip those that care and intervene for victims. 
Give wisdom and insight to those that pursue, prosecute and preside 
over cases of trafficking and the traffickers.

All: Living hope, we claim you for all that we need to be and do, 
to stop human trafficking. Help us to be fervent in prayer and in action.


Leader: Lord of all, we want to see your kingdom come 
and your will be done. We know that trafficking is against your very nature, 
and we pray for a real end to this horrific slavery.

All: God of all that is good, help us to be people of prayer, 
of action and a people who speak your truth 
and justice into the world around us. 
Help us to use our time, our resources and our energy to overcome, 
by your power, the evil that is human trafficking, 
and to claim the victory that is already ours.

AMEN.