Pray for police in France to intervene in domestic-violence situations and take women’s complaints seriously. Twenty-two women have already been killed this year in France by current and ex-partners. (Ps. 40:11)
Pray for the 3,491 women and 2,724 children in Canada who sleep in shelters to escape abuse each night. About 300 women and children are turned away daily because the shelters are full.
Pray for abusers to be changed by God’s mercy. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isa. 55:7).
Pray for the 18,000 children in foster care in the Netherlands, many of whom have suffered domestic violence. Pray for Christian foster families to model God’s love and provide safe places to grow up. (Ps. 41:2)
Pray for the protection and healing of women in Greenland, where 62 percent of adult women have at some point been subjected to violence. Pray that communities will hold abusers accountable for their actions. (Ps. 140:1)
Pray for those who experience domestic violence in Christian homes, where they are taught to submit to an abusive family member. Pray that Christians will not twist Scripture to excuse or justify abusive behavior.
Pray for the 1 in 3 Bulgarian women who are victims of domestic violence. In the past three years, murders of women by spouses, partners or close relatives have increased 50 percent.
Pray that police and those in power to correctly address the problem of domestic violence in Northern Ireland. Thank God that there is growing awareness and that more people are reporting it to authorities.
Pray for physical, spiritual and emotional healing to take place in the lives of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Pray for the Church and Christian ministries to provide help and healing. (Ps. 20:1)
Pray for God to turn people’s hearts away from the violence and deviant sexual behavior found in Thailand’s media, which many believe contribute to increased domestic violence. Pray for Thai leaders to have wisdom in addressing this problem.
Pray for the faith of the poor to be strengthened as we pray, “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5).
Pray for God’s view of marriage — as between one man and one woman — to be embraced. Pray that abstinence education will be taught and lived out in cultures around the world. (Heb. 13:4)
Pray for fathers to love their daughters, treat them with dignity, encourage their education and defend them from harmful cultural practices. (1 Cor 13:6-7)
Pray for the hearts of the Church to be softened toward the plight of the poor. “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered” (Prov. 21:13).
Pray for the protection of child brides. “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Ps. 5:11).