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“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven."
(Matthew 18:19 NIV)

 

In God's word, Jesus assures us that if we agree on what we ask for, it will be done by our Father in Heaven. So I ask you today to come into agreement with me and all members of our worldwide prayer team on our intention to come into alignment with God's will regarding the child sexual abuse pandemic.

  • Come into agreement with us that God wants every child to be protected from sexual abuse.
  • Come into agreement with us that God wants bystanders to be knowledgeable and outspoken on behalf of children and their rescue from abuse.
  • Come into agreement with us that God wants the professionals within "the system" to see the truth, protect children, and hold offenders accountable.
  • Come into agreement with us that God wants the debilitating effects of childhood sexual abuse to be demolished and every survivor to be fully restored.
  • Come into agreement with us that God wants those who once abused or are being lured to abuse, to be freed from the bondage of the enemy.

 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
(Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

 

Prayer Guide 

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Below is a prayer guide that God wrote through me so that our prayer team would be in alignment with His will and in agreement with each other as we pray. It is not meant to be the end all in praying for this pandemic, quite the opposite. It is designed to be a launching point for all of us to use as we let the Spirit lead us and the pain in God's heart come upon us. I pray that you will incorporate prayers over this pandemic into your personal prayer time as well as corporate prayer time. The Lord may lead you to pray through the whole prayer on some days or ask you to carry the burden of a specific element day-after-day for weeks or months. Please allow the Spirit of God to work in and through you as you pray for our children and those who lost their innocence as children. 

God has asked us to pray for specific things including prayers for:

  • The prevention of child sexual abuse and the children who have not been abused and need continued protection.
  • Parents and other surrounding adults to have wisdom and courage in setting boundaries that keep children safe.
  • Curses and agreements of silence to be broken on behalf of children who have been or are being abused, and that they would be led by the Spirit to tell a trusted adult who will believe them and take appropriate action.
  • Parents and other surrounding adults to recognize the signs of abuse as well as risky behaviors in child molesters.
  • Parents and other adults to believe children and boldly intercede on their behalf when they see abuse, when a child discloses abuse, when they suspect abuse, and when they see risky behaviors that indicate abuse is likely to occur.
  • Parents and other adults to report both known and suspected abuse to law enforcement and child protective services.
  • School administrators, church leaders and all other youth-serving organization leaders to be proactive in the protection of children in their care; for them to set and enforce boundaries that prevent "grooming" and for them to understand and act upon their legal and moral obligation as mandated reporters.
  • The police to believe children and make every effort to protect them. That they would do a thorough investigation and have God's wisdom in the collection of evidence through covert phone calls, providing a compelling case for the district attorney.
  • The district attorneys to make their decision to press charges based on the testimony of the children and evidence collected instead of basing it on their desire for personal or political gain.
  • Jurors to be knowledgeable about signs of abuse, behaviors of child molesters and consequences of abuse. That jurors would be led by the Spirit to clearly see the truth that only the child, the offender, and God know for sure.
  • Social workers within child protective services to do their job including believing the child, effective forensic interviews, and providing the protection they are chartered to deliver.
  • Divorce and custody cases with abuse allegations to be immediately removed from Family and Dependency Court and evaluated through the Criminal Court process.
  • The Family and Dependency Court process to truly work on behalf of children, for the protection of children, and in their best interest according to God's will.
  • Child molesters to be held accountable for their actions on earth and in the spiritual realm and for God to use their time of incarceration to bring them into submission and receipt of salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Child molesters to be released from the bondage of the enemy and delivered into God's hands for redemption.
  • Men, women, and children to be released from the bondage of pornography and sexual addiction.
  • Mothers to know in their heart that life begins at conception and to stand strong against the enemy's temptation to kill their unborn children.
  • Curses to be broken – that we would break the enemy's bondage over families, especially those who are experiencing generational incest.
  • Deliverance – that we would break the enemy's bondage over all youth-serving organizations that have been entrusted with our children.
  • Deliverance – that we would break the enemy's bondage over all of the organizations that have the responsibility to protect our children including the chains that bind police officers, social workers, district attorneys, judges, attorneys, 730 evaluators, mediators, minor's counsel, ombudsmen, treatment teams, and parents.
  • Deliverance – that we would break the enemy's bondage over abortion clinics and mother's to be.
  • Children and adults who are victims of satanic ritual abuse and mind control. That God's angel armies would go to their rescue and whisper deliverance prayers into their ears, teaching them to bind and rebuke the enemy. That the angels would guide them home.
  • All survivors of childhood sexual abuse to receive healing through access to treatment and support in the earthly realm, as well as full restoration through the power of Christ's death and resurrection in the spiritual realm. And that those around them would uphold them in truth and love as they witness their healing journey.
  • God's light to shine in every home, youth-serving organization, government office, and court of law.
  • God's angel armies to come and intercede on behalf of God's children.
  • The truth to prevail.
  • God to bind the tongues of all those involved, take their thoughts captive to his will, and allow only the Holy Spirit to speak through them.
  • The enemy's plans to steal, kill and destroy our children to be foiled.
  • God to dismantle the repercussions of abuse:
    • Separation issues – silence, isolation, deceit, no one knows the real you, unworthy of being loved, unable to give love
    • Relational issues - lack of trust, fear of commitment, fear of intimacy, may stay single, may never have children, lack of bonding if they have children, build walls/barriers that minimize vulnerability and limit deep relationships, adultery, divorce
    • Emotional issues - shame, guilt, fear, anger, confusion, unsafe, triggers, PTSD, anxiety attacks, broken, defiled, dirty, unworthy, self-hatred, helpless, hopeless, depression, suicide
    • Behavioral issues – need to control (perfectionism, OCD, power struggles, authority issues, manipulating others, difficulty keeping friends and/or employment), anger management, vengeance, violence, retaliation, rebellion, crime, financial troubles, propensity for  revictimization, prostitution, sex trafficking, abusive relationships, no voice, no choice, practice avoidance, addictions, cutting, eating disorders, lack self-control and perpetrate abuse – domestic violence, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect
    • Sexual issues - sexual confusion, sexual obsession/addiction, fear of intimacy, inability to enjoy sex, using sex for power, seeing self or others as sexual objects, affairs, sexually risky behavior, unprotected sex
    • Physical issues - insomnia, digestive disorders, migraines, chronic pain, fatigue, inability to work regularly, cancer, liver disease, COPD, etc.
    • Spiritual issues - doubt God's existence, don't understand why he allowed it to happen, he didn't answer prayers, stopped praying, anger at God, stopped communicating with him, ensuing sin, unforgiveness towards others, God, and self, lost hope, lost belief, lack purpose
  • God's will be done in our life and that his people would follow his commands to:
    • Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27)
      • Restore the broken hearts, distorted thinking, weakened state
    • Love others as yourself (Luke 10:27)
      • Remove self hatred as their barometer and replace it with God's love for them 

God has given us the formula for praying in The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 NIV) below. He has revealed to me that we should use this in our intercession. Note that his Word says that this is how we should pray, not that this is what we should pray. So please use The Lord's Prayer as a guideline and let the Spirit lead you to pray over your family, neighborhood, youth-serving organizations, city, state, nation, and world, in accordance with God's will and His calling in your time of prayer.  

“This, then, is how you should pray:

  • “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    • Worship and praise God, his character and his power for nothing is too big for him, not even the child sexual abuse pandemic.
  • your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    • Surrender and claim God's will and his word for his people and his land.
    • That he would not want one to perish and that we would live without abuse, pain, sickness, anger, and hopelessness but instead walk in his presence and exude the gifts of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  •  Give us today our daily bread.
    • That God would give each person we pray for what they need to move toward him, his truth, and his will today; to prevent, to break the silence, to see the truth, to intercede, to protect, to uphold, to hold accountable, to heal, and the self-control to abstain.
  • And forgive us our debts,
    • We are still living under the law of Moses and God's commandments forbid sexual immorality. The law is in effect until the end of the age  when heaven and earth disappear.
    • Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV) The Fulfillment of the Law - “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    • BUT we can receive forgiveness of sin while in the earthly realm IF we confess. Confession includes both individual confession and corporate confession on behalf of all people groups we belong to. While confession and repentance does not necessarily negate the consequences of sin, as seen by the exile of the Israelites in the book of Ezekiel or the death of King David's son in 2 Samuel, it does make us right with God.
    • 1 John 1:9 (NIV)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    • When we DO NOT confess our sin (individual or corporate) it gives the enemy an opportunity and right to torment us further. So, confess the sin of sexual immorality, sexual abuse and destruction of our children on behalf of our people (family, neighborhood, city, state, nation, world) as Nehemiah confessed the sin of the Israelites. Pray back through all generations to Adam and Eve.
    • Nehemiah 1:4-7 (NIV) When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,  let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.  We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
  • as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    • According to scripture, the enemy has legal rights to torment us when we are harboring unforgiveness. So, on behalf of our people, (family, neighborhood, city, state, nation, world) choose to forgive those who have sexually abused God's children, those who have failed to protect them and those who have participated in the destruction of our children in any way. Pray back through all generations to Adam and Eve.
    • Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT) And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
    • Not only does unforgiveness give way to the enemy, it also keeps us from receiving God's forgiveness for our sins. This is another reason it is crucial for us to choose to forgive those who have hurt God's children.
    • Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
    • Confession of sin and choosing to forgive will begin to weaken the enemy and his hold on individuals, families and organizations.
    • God has given me visions of deliverance from principalities and territorial spirits that make claim on organizations and land. BUT first things first, let our prayers of confession and forgiveness weaken the foundation upon which the enemy currently stands.
  • And lead us not into temptation,
    • We are tempted into sexual immorality by our own desires as well as Satan and his forces.
    •  James 1:14 (ESV) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
    • James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    • Pray for believers who need God's transforming power to overcome their own desires.
    • 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
    • Claim Jesus' power and authority over everything in heaven and on earth and pray that he would give strength and self-control to those who do not know him who are being tempted to defile our children, for Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil.
    • 1 John 3:8 (NIV) The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
  • but deliver us from the evil one.’
    • We are destroying each other – Satan is using us to destroy ourselves: our children, our communities, our nation, mankind and the Kingdom of God.
    • Matthew 12:25 (NIV) Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
    • Pray that God would give us the strength, wisdom, and perseverance to stand against the enemy. That we would put on the armor of God and intercede on behalf of our children, knowing God's will and claiming his power.
    • Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
    • We are in great trouble but God will provide all we need if we only ask. Pray for miracles so that God may be glorified for his provision.
    • Psalm 50:15 (NIV) and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
    • We are more than conquerors.
    • Romans 8:31 (NIV) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
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  • icon Children & Youth Program Leaders
  • icon Church Leaders
  • icon Healing and Deliverance Ministers
  • icon Intercessory Prayer Ministers
  • icon The Church Body's Role

Twenty percent of the population has been sexually abused and that doesn't count the indirect victims such as siblings, parents, spouses, and children. That means at least twenty percent of your congregation are victims - maybe more as God often calls us in our deepest pain and despair. When survivors are struggling with the repercussions of their own childhood abuse they may turn to the church for help. Survivors may struggle with flashbacks, body memories, substance abuse, marital problems, physical health issues, or psychological issues including life threatening eating disorders, severe depression,or suicidal thoughts. Some may be diagnosed with serious mental illnesses and be needlessly placed on psychotropic drugs rather than addressing the trauma of child sexual abuse. So it is critical for care leaders to know how to recognize a survivor, assess their needs, and provide or refer them to the appropriate resources to keep them safe and provide the long-term care they need. 

The church may also be the first place a parent turns when they find out their child was, or still is being abused. This is an emotionally charged time for everyone involved so it is important to have pre-established plans for how you will respond ensuring the safety of the child, abiding by the law, and helping provide for the short-term and potentially long-term physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and financial needs of everyone in the family. These plans are even more crucial if the abuser is a family member. Care leaders may include care ministry directors, lay ministers, recovery leaders, church therapists, chaplains, prayer team members, and all other team leaders or people who have care ministry responsibilities.

We encourage you to learn more about recognizing signs of sexual abuse in children and in adults and to take our free on-line advocacy classes on supporting adult survivors and parents whose children have been abused.

 

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Church leaders who are responsible for programs that serve youth are an integral part of God's plan to prevent abuse that may happen within or through church programs. By virtue of building trusting relationships with the children in their care, these leaders are also a vital part of the rescue team - it is crucial that they understand how to recognize, respond, and report; observed, disclosed, or suspected abuse of any child in their care, whether the abuse allegedly occurred within the church or outside of the church. In fact, clergy and youth program leaders are considered mandated reporters in most states and may be subject to penalties for failure to report to law enforcement or their local child welfare agency.

We need church leaders who are responsible for children, to actively participate in the development and implementation of child sexual abuse prevention policies and procedures and ensure all staff and volunteers who serve youth are trained and monitored. Youth program leaders include children's pastors, youth pastors, heads of school, missions directors, camp directors, and any other person who has direct or indirect oversight of child or youth-serving programs.

We encourage you to learn more about preventing abuse as well as recognizing the signs of abuse in children and taking bold action. 

 

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Church leaders play a key role in the resolution of the child sexual abuse pandemic because all areas of prevention and restoration fall under their realm of responsibility. It is therefore crucial that leaders in the church understand the vision for all components of God's plan outlined on this site including Intercessory Prayer, Preventing Abuse, Reporting Abuse, Speaking From the Pulpit, Survivor Support, Offender Discipleship, and Healing Prayer. This will empower them to raise up those within their congregation who are gifted in each area, ultimately creating a broad and deep program that protects God's children, supports those who are impacted, and adheres to the law. Church leaders include pastors, priests, reverends, vicars, ministers, deacons, preachers, church council members, board members, missions directors, chaplains, overseers including bishops/cardinals, and all other church members in senior leadership roles, regardless of demonimation. 
 

Because child molesters want to spend time where children congregate,
your church is a target. 

 
If your church has a youth or children's program, child molesters will want to work or volunteer there. One researcher refers to youth-serving organizations as a "well populated hunting ground."1 We can't be naive to the enemy's schemes and how he will use people to hurt God's children. So it is essential that you implement informed best practices to ensure the protection of the kids in your care and we can help you do that.
 
Our Founder, Diane Cranley, has written 8 Ways to Create their Fate: Protecting the Sexual Innocence of Children in Youth-Serving Organizations which will guide you and your staff to create an environment where child molesters virtually cannot succeed without being caught and therefore won't want to work. It is based on eight simple best practices, that when implemented will significantly lower the risk of children being abused while in your care. Your proactive approach toward prevention is a partnership with God to protect the plans he has for his children. The side benefit is that it will also protect your church against lawsuits and potentially even lower your insurance rates and increase your coverage limits.  

Protecting the children in your care is your first responsibility! 

Beyond prevention, we are calling you to lead the charge across all areas of spiritual hardship created by this pandemic; from the perpetrators and those struggling not to abuse - to the children and adults who have suffered the transgression of sexual abuse and are now fighting for their freedom from oppression and captivity. Freedom and the restoration of all things is available through prayer and deliverance ministry and we can teach your staff and congregation how to pray and effectively bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free! 

Bind up the Brokenhearted - Set the Captives Free 

Please order 8 Ways to Create their Fate today to learn how to prevent abuse and visit the other topics on this site to find resources for support and healing.

 
 

1Kenneth V. Lanning and Park Dietz, “Acquaintance Molestation and Youth-Serving Organizations,” J Interpers Violence (May 2014): 1,3, doi:10.1177/0886260514532360

 
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"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." (John 10:10 NIV) and what better way to do it than to steal the sexual innocence of our children and make them believe it was their fault? Since most victims don't tell, the enemy spends the next several decades pouring salt on those open wounds, often giving the enemy strongholds through unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, and agreements with his lies. But Jesus proclaimed, “If you obey my teaching,” he said, “you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV) Claiming the truth and power of Christ's death and resurrection through facilitated prayer can demolish the work of the enemy in a survivor's life, bringing them full freedom and the abundant life God pre-destined for them before time began. Healers and deliverance ministers are the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth, to carry out his ministry of healing the brokenhearted and setting the captives free. There is no greater need for this work than in survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

We encourage you to learn all you can about healing prayer through us as well as other reputable resources.

 

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God's word calls us to not only pray for the saints but it urges us to pray for all people, without ceasing. God has anointed people in the body with the gift of intercessory prayer and these prayer warriors are at the center of God's plan for fighting the child sexual abuse pandemic in the spiritual realm. His word says, "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matt 18:18 NIV) 

The Kingdom is in need of intercessors who are led to make this pandemic a focal point of their ministry, engaging in relentless prayer, and wielding God-given weapons that have divine power to demolish strongholds. Intercessors may already lead a team, feel called to start a team, feel led to join a team, or simply to pray individually. All of these roles are valuable and welcome in God's plan!

 

We encourage you to learn more about intercessory prayer over the child sexual abuse pandemic and use our prayer guide so that we are all praying in agreement.

 

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Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.           1 Corinthians 12:27(NIV)

The child sexual abuse pandemic has many facets and in order to overcome this destructive scheme of the enemy, God needs us to actively engage in all of them. We encouarge church staff and the body as a whole to understand their role in prevention and in setting the captives free. There is so much to be done but together we can and will overcome. Please click on the role or roles below that apply to you and learn how you can become fully equipped to join us in this kingdom work.

 

Make a commitment - our kids our counting on us all!

 

Your church and community needs saints who are willing to:

  • Pray daily for all aspects of this pandemic
  • Recognize the signs of abuse in children and give them permission to tell so they can start their healing early
  • Talk comfortably about abuse, even from the pulpit, so adult survivors will find safety in disclosing what may be a lifelong secret
  • Get trained on how to prevent child sexual abuse within the church and at home and invite others to become knowledgeable as well
  • Establish effective boundary policies within the youth and children's ministries to deter child molesters
  • Disciple registered sex offenders and those struggling with inappropriate sexual thoughts about children
  • Provide healing prayer and deliverance from the spiritual strongholds surrounding childhood sexual abuse

 

Please spend some time looking through the topics on this website to see how the Lord leads you to participate. We encourage everyone to get started by taking our free on-line training!

 

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