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Nov23FriNovember 23, 2018 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
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Praying for Women in North America: Canada and the United States
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December is a special month for Christians as we prepare to celebrate and declare to the world the best gift of all: God coming to Earth as a baby to live among us. During Christmas we don’t like dwelling on negative things, but although Jesus came to save us from our sins, he won’t end sorrow and pain until we enter heaven.
And those sorrows are also experienced by women in Canada and the United States, who are not immune to some of the same issues that females face all over the world: child marriage, divorce, domestic violence, human trafficking, rape and others. They, too, need the hope and healing of Jesus.
Even when the legal marrying age in both countries is 18, exceptions are allowed with the consent of a parent or judge. Too often girls are forced to marry older men to avoid family shame, and this can result in the cover-up of sexual abuse.
Girls who run away from home or are in the foster-care system often become victims of sex trafficking. Looking for friends, food and shelter makes them vulnerable to those also offering alcohol and drugs to help them forget their pain. Traffickers, often posing as boyfriends, lure girls as young as 13 and trap them into submission by shaming them into believing no one will ever care about them.
Tens of millions of immigrants are in Canada and the U.S. seeking a better life. Many become victims of human trafficking. Women from China, South Korea or Thailand are often exploited in massage parlors and nail salons. Some are legal immigrants with work visas, but they are threatened with deportation by their traffickers, who withhold their income and control their lives.
Please join us in praying for women in Canada and the United States to find hope through Jesus.
Pray for …
1. Our God and King to help us defend the afflicted, show mercy on the weak and the needy, and help rescue the oppressed. (Psalm 72:4)
2. Immigrant women living in Canada or the U.S. to hear about Christ and want to know about God. Pray for individuals to meet with them and teach them about Jesus.
3. Women and girls who are manipulated by those posing as boyfriends and are then trapped in sex slavery. Pray that they will be able to escape and find true freedom and healing in Christ.
4. Women who look for their value in relationships, motherhood, financial success or possessions to discover that their real value is in Christ. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
5. Leaders of Canada and the U.S. to continue to make ending human trafficking a major priority. Backpage.com, the largest human-trafficking portal in the U.S., was shut down by the FBI in April.
6. Girls who are forced into marriages but do not have the rights of an adult, preventing them from being able to stay in a rescue shelter, file for a protective order or file for divorce. Pray that the relevant laws would be improved.
7. Churches to reach out to women experiencing domestic violence, letting them know that they have a safe place with God’s family.
8. Help and safety for Canadian indigenous women and girls who are in danger. Too many have been murdered or gone missing. Pray that governments would find and punish the perpetrators of violence against indigenous women.
9. Christians to do more to protect women and babies from the devastating results of abortion. Pray for the hundreds of mothers who chose life for their babies when offered help and prayers in front of abortion clinics.
10. Canadian Christians to befriend foreign-born people (nearly 22 percent of the population) and help new immigrants (about 60 percent from Asia, particularly China and India) to settle into their communities.
11. Christians to befriend the more than 40 million people living in the U.S. born in another country, genuinely caring about them, learning about their struggles and offering to help. “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
12. Christians to become advocates for children in foster care and to open their homes to some of the 400,000 children needing a safe place to live.
13. Women caring for the thousands of babies born addicted to drugs because of the opioid crisis in the U.S. Pray that Christians would support these women with offers to help with chores or purchase needed items.
14. The millions of women who will consider having abortions since they believe they have no other choice because of pressure from parents, husbands, boyfriends, pimps and career advisers. Pray that they will choose life for their babies.
15. Women to respect themselves, make wise decisions and have the courage to insist on a marriage commitment rather than living with the men they love.
16. People in Canada and the U.S. to understand that people who use drugs illegally, whether for recreation or because they are addicted, are indirectly supporting gang murders, gender violence, extortion and terrorist attacks.
17. Christians to offer love, hope and friendship to women and men who continue grieving after the abortions that killed their babies. Many who are suffering need someone to listen and care.
18. Refugee women in Canada and the U.S. who are living in isolation and fear. Pray that they will develop healthy friendships and receive help to deal with the trauma they have experienced.
19. Christians to support local pregnancy centers that offer free sonograms, baby clothes and other items a new mother needs.
20. Women who face death threats against themselves, their children or other loved ones from husbands or boyfriends who seek to exercise control by isolating them from friends and family.
21. God to heal the minds and emotions of children who witness domestic abuse, making them prone to suffer from psychiatric disorders and more likely to grow up to become victims or abusers.
22. Women trapped in poverty with little education and few opportunities in their communities. And pray for the people who introduce these women to available services to help better their lives.
23. Women and girls who have been told that they are nothing but trash. Pray that they will hear the truth: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
24. Those who are living in seemingly hopeless situations to find hope through Jesus Christ. Pray that they will hear of God’s great gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord’” (Luke 2:10-11).
25. Christian women to declare that Jesus is the fulfillment of what God spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means, ‘God with us’)” (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14).
26. Marriages in need of God’s love. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
27. Christian women to know that their bodies are the dwelling places of God the Holy Spirit and that they are to take care of and honour God with their bodies. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
28. Women to be willing to change their priorities, schedules, relationships and anything else that hinders them from following God’s will. “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).
29. People to speak up when they see children in danger or notice strange men watching children, possibly planning to kidnap them. Human traffickers and molesters have even been known to boldly snatch children waiting for school buses, playing in the yard or shopping.
30. Parents to cherish their teenage daughters and protect them from relationships that will harm them, teaching them to respect themselves and to plan a healthy future.
31. Women to know that they were created by a loving God who wants to fill their lives with hope. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).