Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Over 200 girls were taken from a school in the northern state of Borno on April 14 in Nigeria. Some have escaped but now others have been kidnapped. Their whereabouts remain unknown and there is mounting anger and frustration in Nigeria at the failure of the government to find them.
This prayer was written by Elizabeth Smith from the Diocese of Perth, Anglican Church of Australia.
Prayer for the kidnapped Nigerian girls (May 2014)
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.