It has been very disturbing to me that about a month ago 276 School Girls from Nigeria were kidnapped and taken violently from their school. It has taken about three weeks for most of the world to become aware of this sad event. The Militant group that kidnapped the girls is threatening to sell the girls as brides for $12! The basic reason for the kidnappings is that the girls were being educated.
The Nigerian Government has been slow to act and the safety of the girls and their future is in doubt.
I am asking each of you to include the following prayer in your daily prayers:
O God, we cry out to you
for the lives and the freedom
of the 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria.
In their time of danger and fear,
pour out your strong Spirit for them.
Make a way home for them in safety.
Make a way back for them
to the education that will lift them up.
Hold them in the knowledge
that they are not captive slaves,
they are not purchased brides,
but they are your beloved daughters,
and precious in your sight.
Change the hearts and minds of their kidnappers
and of all who choose violence against women and girls.
Cast down the mighty from their seat,
and lift up the humble and meek,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
this prayer has been written by Elizabeth Smith, Diocese of Perth, Australia
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