Pray for the creation and enforcement of laws addressing child marriage and for the removal of legal loopholes and exceptions. (Deut. 11:1)
Pray for an end to female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to womanhood. It is usually followed by child marriage. We praise God for the progress made in Ethiopia to end these practices.
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).
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 the continuing decline of child marriage around the world. In the last 10 years, the number of child brides has dropped from 25% to 21% globally.
Pray for child brides suffering from domestic violence. Many find themselves victims of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse. (Ps. 140:1)
Pray for girls from poor households and rural areas who are at greater risk of becoming child brides. Many of these brides have little or no education.
Pray for women who married as children and have been abandoned, divorced or widowed. Pray for their provision, support and encouragement as they raise their young families.
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.
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.
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).
Father, thank you that all Scripture was written to teach us. It gives us hope and encouragement as we patiently wait for your promises to be fulfilled. (Rom. 15:4)
Pray for protection and places of refuge for girls who run away from home to avoid forced marriage. Lord, protect them from sex traffickers and all who would harm them. (Ps. 99:9-10)