Prayers to End Human Trafficking

Prayer 1

O God of every family on earth, loving and compassionate God,
we come before you in prayer, unable to fully comprehend the horror of women and men and children transported to unknown places
to be exploited and abused because of greed and profit.

We are united in our sadness and our anger.
We cry out together against the degrading practice of human trafficking.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are being transgressed through threats,  deception,  and force.
Give us the wisdom and courage to stand upagainst the evil that makes it possible for people to buy and sell and trade others.

Give us wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with the victims, that together we will find a way to the freedom that is your gift to all of us.
We pray for it to end.

Amen.

Prayer 2

O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of women and girls deceived
and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and abuse because of human greed and profit.

We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking, and pray for it to end. Strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted.
Make real your promises to fill these, our sisters and brothers, with a love that is tender and good, and send the exploiters away empty-handed.

Help us to overcome our reluctance, our divisions,
and our feelings of powerlessness, so that we may stand as one in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the human family.
Together, open our hearts and hands and our minds to find a way to the freedom that is your gift to every child, every woman, and every man.
We pray for it to end.

Amen.

Prayer 3

(based on Psalm 18:1-6)
Loving God, all glory and honour to you!

We worship and adore you for who you are.

We give you thanks for the many blessings
we have received through your son Jesus Christ.

We are full of gratitude that we have the liberty to offer our worship to you.

We can never cease to sing your praise.

However, we are reminded that we have brothers and sisters who do not share in this freedom because of the injustices and oppression in our world, often inflicted by fellow human beings.

We ask you to draw close in your mercy, Lord, 
to all those who are prevented from expressing their faith, those whose freedom has been taken away by modern day slavery in our country and across the world.

We pray for grace and strength for all who suffer in bondage.

We intercede for freedom on behalf of all those who are trafficked and enslaved.

We pray in faith for the power for your Holy Spirit to break in and change bondage to freedom!

We offer this prayer through the name of Jesus Christ, our saviour and Lord.

Amen