Protecting Children Through Prayer

Each day, hundreds of millions of children suffer sexual exploitation, labor in hazardous conditions, or struggle to survive on the streets. Often these children live in the world’s poorest countries. Abuse, neglect, exploitation, gender discrimination, deprivation, and other forms of harm against children are among the greatest evils in the world. Here’s how you can pray for these children, beseeching God to “deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).

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Pray for regions where children are at high risk. In Africa, war and fighting can separate children from their families, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Children are also forced to join armed rebel groups. Famine and hunger force families to make desperate choices about putting children to work or girls into early marriage. In Asia, children are trafficked for sex, sent to work in the dangerous factories, or locked into domestic servitude. In Latin America, gang violence tears families apart and creates a culture of violence that draws youth into harmful activities.

» Use the stories in this magazine to pray for specific children, such as Savoeun in Cambodia and Maria’s children in El Salvador.

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Pray for better practices and protections: Child exploitation can be fought at many levels—governments can enact or strengthen laws around human trafficking and labor; corporations can ensure that children are not exploited along their supply chains; communities can take greater responsibility for collectively protecting children; families can value their children’s well-being above economics.

» Pray for the power of God’s love to counter greed and desperation and change hearts among those who can create better circumstances for children.

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Pray for World Vision’s work. Inspired by World Vision founder Bob Pierce’s prayer, “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God,” World Vision works to protect children from exploitation and violence: preventing children from being trapped in abusive circumstances; protecting children with shelter and healthcare; and restoring children through life-skills training, education, and reintegration with families.

» Pray for strength and courage for staff at the forefront of this work, and for World Vision’s fundraising efforts to help even more children.

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.

Psalm 10:12

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