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Jul28FriJuly 28, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Praying For Women Affected By Domestic Violence
Family violence is a tragedy that destroys the lives of females, children, elderly people, and disabled people in every country. Abusive words or actions that seek to emotionally, physically, or psychologically control someone are often accepted as a family matter by community officials and religious leaders. Many victims are financially dependent on their abusive partners or parents, and without money or a safe place to go, they may feel that leaving seems impossible.
Many victims believe their love will change their abusive parents or partners. Most abusers, however, are manipulative and can convince the abused ones that they, the victims, did something wrong to cause the violence. The abusers often charm their victims into forgiving them or use fear to keep them from seeking help.
Whether by brutal words, controlling behaviour, or physical and sexual abuse, violence by a caregiver, boyfriend, family member, or other loved one is humiliating and devastating. Mothers as well as fathers sell their young daughters as brides or prostitutes or force them to undergo female circumcisions. Husbands and mothers-in-law torture and scar wives with acid or boiling water for “dishonouring the family.”
Victims of family violence in several countries are offered skills training by TWR Women of Hope staff and volunteers so that they can provide for their children and escape the control of their abusers. The Women of Hope program offers words of hope and healing to listeners in 71 languages and helps women realize they are precious to God and should to be treated with respect.
Please pray for ...
1. Women and girls who are being abused in their homes. Ask the Lord to help them find friends who will encourage them to protect themselves and get them to acknowledge that as God’s children they don’t deserve such horrible treatment.
2. TWR Women of Hope’s ministry to help transform families by instilling the mindset that violence is not acceptable behaviour and that each person is a special creation of God deserving honour and respect.
3. Changed hearts in mothers and fathers who force young daughters to marry too early or force them to undergo female circumcisions. Pray that parents will cherish their daughters and provide the care that they need.
4. Christians to hold their pastors and church leaders accountable for the way they treat their wives and children. “Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money” (1 Timothy 3:2-3).
5. Pastors and church leaders to speak out against infidelity and abuse by church members and to encourage those being abused to come to the leaders for help and safety. Pray that the leaders will be firm with the abusers and follow through to make sure that the abuse stops.
6. Abusive family members to accept the fact that their anger and violence is not the victims’ fault. Pray that family members will seek help and be willing to do whatever it takes to stop the abusive behaviour. Pray that the abusers will be changed by God’s mercy. “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
7. Those who experience domestic violence in Christian homes where they are wrongly taught to submit to a family member who uses violent words or controlling behaviour or who abuses them physically or sexually. “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot” (Psalm 11:5-6).
8. Women who are considering suicide to escape the torture and humiliation of abuse in their homes. Pray also for women who are forced into polygamous marriages and treated as servants.
9. Parents to teach their children that alcohol consumption can lead to abusive, foolish, and reckless behaviour that can devastate families and destroy lives.
10. Battered women who deny or minimize their abuse to protect the abuser. Pray for them to understand that they are hindering the abuser from getting needed help and that they are enabling the abuser to continue to harm them and possibly others.
11. Women to know that God loves them and does not condone the abusive behaviour of fathers, husbands, or others who mistreat them.
12. Women and girls to find a way to escape after they have been sold into prostitution by family members. “‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,’ says the Lord. ‘I will protect them from those who malign them’” (Psalm 12:5).
13. Widows in Albania and other countries left destitute and heartbroken when their husbands’ family members take possession of their homes, land, and sometimes their young children.
14. God to be the protector of wives who have been abandoned or divorced and need food and shelter. Pray that those who unfairly lose custody of their children will find comfort and help from Christians.
15. Isolated women and girls in Mennonite communities in Bolivia and other countries. Some are not allowed to talk even with other women about the horrible sexual abuse and domestic violence that happens in their homes. They are not allowed to express anger or to question the sinful acts that have happened to them.
16. Women who stay in abusive relationships because they fear losing their children to the fathers or because they are not employed and do not have property or money of their own.
17. Police officers to be more supportive of women who are being abused at home. Ask that the police will treat the violence not as minor disputes but as crimes deserving punishment. Pray that judges will convict abusers and demand they seek treatment and pay restitution.
18. More shelters and low-cost housing to become available for battered women who are trying to start over and build safe homes for themselves and their children.
19. The reinforcement of laws against violence and the trafficking of women and girls for prostitution. Pray that the abusers will be caught and punished and that their arrests will be made public to warn others that these acts are not acceptable.
20. Parents to lovingly teach their daughters the importance of staying pure until marriage and of marrying a Christian man who will respect and cherish his wife and help her be the best she can be for God’s glory.
21. Abusers to be made aware that they do not own their wives and children and therefore cannot “do whatever they want with them.” Pray that communities will hold abusers accountable for their actions and will teach men to love, cherish, and care for their family members.
22. Young girls who are forced by family members to marry because of poverty or debt or merely so the family can buy a television. Pray also for girls who desire to commit suicide because of the debt their dowries or weddings will cause their parents. Pray that attitudes will change as people are taught that these abuses are against the law and not acceptable.
23. Caregivers of children and of elderly and disabled people to seek help before their frustrations lead to violent words and actions.
24. Parents to cherish their children and teach them to honour God and respect others. Pray that fathers will teach their sons not to abuse girls verbally or physically.
25. Children who witness domestic violence between their parents. Many of these children develop severe emotional problems, such as memory and concentration deficiencies, distrust of adults, excessive worry, guilt, shame, anger, and aggressive behaviour.
26. Women and girls who go to school despite knowing that other girls in similar circumstances have been killed or harmed simply for wanting an education.
27. Battered women who blame themselves and think they lack spirituality because they have been told that they are not praying hard enough or being good enough. They therefore believe they are to blame for their own abuse. Pray that Christians will not twist Scripture to explain, excuse, or justify abuse between family members.
28. The millions of abandoned and runaway children who live on the streets and often beg, steal, and prostitute themselves to survive. Many turn to drugs and glue-sniffing to escape the pain of hunger and trauma of desertion.
29. Men who listen to the Women of Hope program, attend TWR Women of Hope prayer groups, and strive to be godly husbands, fathers, and brothers.
30. Laws against so-called “honour killings” to be passed and upheld. In some countries, those who kill their female relatives in defense of their family’s honour are exempt from prosecution and punishment.
31. Authorities to protect women and children who are abused and threatened, providing them with ways so these victims don’t have to leave their homes to be safe. Pray that abusers will be severely dealt with so that they cannot further harm others.