A nine-year-old little girl in Utah was raped by four men, while her mother sat in her basement smoking meth. That news scrolled on the ticker tape at the bottom of my television screen on Tuesday, April 5th. I was outraged at this horrific crime, wondering how we as mothers, as a nation, as a people get so lost in ourselves that we can allow our children to be victimized in such a manner.
When I got up to start my morning prayer, I prayed for that little girl. While I do not know her or her circumstances, I am moved in my heart to want to protect her. Yet, all I have to offer is prayer and declarations and decrees over her life. Too often throughout the world our children are victims of rape, molestation, abuse, homelessness, hunger, bullying, predators, poverty, abandonment, orphaned, and so much more.
As I prayed for this little girl, I began to pray for the children all over the world who are suffering at the hands of their victimizers. I pray our Heavenly Father's protection, peace, and comfort over their lives, and declare deliverance and healing for every one of them. All too often, children who have been victimized lash out in some form or other, which usually takes them on a path of self-destruction. They have been stripped of self-love, and self-esteem.
There is freedom and healing in our prayers and we have to pray for one another. We have to pray for these children, because they are our future. They need our covering from the plans of the enemy designed to destroy them and their future. However, I believe and therefore, declare that they shall live and not die, that they may declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:71). There is a testimony within that they must use to empower others. The Lord is fighting on their side and has guaranteed them the victory (Deuteronomy 20:4). Therefore, I declare they are healed and victorious, and every shackle and chain has been broken off their lives.
The power of prayer breaks the chains and shackles placed on our lives by those who victimize us. Some of the heinous acts I have listed above are enacted against us by those who are filled with an evil spirit. Only with prayer can we overcome what has been done to us (Mark 9:29). Understanding the power you unleash when you pray gives you the authority to break the chains that have been placed on your children and the children of the world. We have been given the authority to protect and heal them through our prayers (John 14:13-14).
Speaking into our children's lives and the lives of children across the world brings positive light into their lives. It serves as a counterattack against the enemy, stopping his destructive plans. We must believe there is power in prayer and speaking things that are not as though they were. It's our duty to speak life into our children, for we know that whatever we speak that's what will come to pass. "Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21
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