A Prayer to Break Chains of Domestic Violence - October 21st
By: Rev. Dr. Toni Hawkins, Open Door Christian Church, Louisville, KY
Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all of the earth. What is man that you are mindful of us? God, you are our healer, you are our redeemer, and you are our peace. You have made us in your image. Yes, we are wonderfully and marvelously made yet there are people who are battered and abused physically, emotionally, and mentally. We come acknowledging our complicity in domestic violence when we fail to respond to their need to be free. Forgive us for looking the other way and help us to reflect the love of Christ in both word and deed.
Now Lord, we come asking that you restore the joy, self-esteem, and peace of those who have been beaten into submission and imprisoned by the bondage of abuse. Free them, strengthen them, empower them and heal their wounded and broken spirits. We come praying on behalf of those who have no voice; we come on behalf of those affected by child abuse, spousal abuse, and abuse of our seniors. Don’t loose the chains but break the chains that bound them. Take the shackles off their feet so they can dance like David danced…encouraging themselves in Lord.
While your people are in the healing process, help us who are stronger to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper so that they know they are not alone. Give them a hope and a future for your Word says hope does not disappoint. Give them a hope that will enable them to cope and receive the full manifestation of deliverance, healing, peace, comfort and strength. The joy of the Lord is their strength. Remind them that you will never leave them nor forsake them. Use us as instruments of your love and healing for people shackled by the chain of domestic violence.
Break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. In the name of Jesus they have and we have the victory. For at the sound of that name demons tremble and the devil is a defeated foe. It is in the matchless, marvelous and chain-breaking name of Jesus, our Lord, Savior and soon coming King that we pray this prayer in faith, Amen.