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.
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)
Lord, we pray community leaders will see the importance of providing clean water and toilet facilities in schools for girls to use.
Lord, we pray for the elimination of forced marriages, which cause girls to drop out of school or run away to avoid them.
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)
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 safety and protection for refugee girls and those in humanitarian crises who are at risk of physical and sexual assault.