Pray for the continuing cooperation of global, regional, national and local governmental agencies to work toward the elimination of child, early and forced marriages. (Dan. 2:21)
This month we are praying for child brides. Join our teammates at ERF in Wetzlar, Germany as they pray.
Pray for child brides to have access to Women of Hope programs to encourage them spiritually and provide practical wisdom in raising their families.
Pray for God to move in the hearts and minds of communities and cultures to change their beliefs and practices regarding child marriage.
Pray for husbands who have married child brides to love them and treat them with dignity and respect. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25-27).
Pray for child marriage to not be used as a tool of manipulation. In some cultures, a bride price is welcome income for a poor family, and a groom will receive a smaller dowry if the bride is young.
Pray for child brides to learn of God’s heart for them: “For your Maker is your husband. …The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—a wife who married young, only to be rejected, says your God” (Isa. 54:5-6).
Pray for children who are born to adolescent mothers and therefore face greater health and nutritional risks. Child marriage is linked with increased risk of death to both mother and child.
Pray for every nation to set 18 as the legal minimum age of marriage. Pray for safeguards to ensure that parental consent or other exceptions would not be used to force girls into marriage.
Pray for child brides to find comfort and truth in God’s Word. (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
Pray for changed minds and hearts in cultures where child brides are used to pay debts, manage disputes or settle social, economic and political alliances.
This month we are praying for the education of women and girls around the world. Join our teammates in Romania as they pray.
Father, guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are God our Savior, and our hope is in you all day long. (Ps. 25:4-5)
Jesus, help us to remain faithful to your teaching so that we will know your truth and it will set us free. (John 8:31-32)
Lord, protect girls from being raped, beaten or killed while traveling to school or living in student lodging. You are their hiding place; protect them from trouble. (Ps. 32:7)
Lord, we pray for the elimination of forced marriages, which cause girls to drop out of school or run away to avoid them.
Lord, we pray community leaders will see the importance of providing clean water and toilet facilities in schools for girls to use.