Last month over 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram extremist militant group for simply attending school (a right of all children). They have vowed to sell the girls into prostitution instead. This sadly happens to so many children every day around the world, but the number and the sheer wickedness of this act ought to call our attention to this crisis and those like it, and so we offer this prayer:
Merciful Father, you teach us through your Son that all are precious in your sight, especially your children wherever they are suffering in the world, and have placed your Word in our hearts that "blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted," and have given us the consolation of your mercy through your divine Son. So we ask you, our Father in heaven, that you may bring out safe these children who have been brought into captivity throughout the world, and especially these schoolgirls in Nigeria, that they may be returned to their families and neighborhoods according to your will, that their captors may experience a change of heart because of your grace and repent for their deeds, and that the families of those missing may be comforted in this time of their great loss. We ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who by his own death and resurrection has "lead captivity captive." Amen.Try to give something up in the coming weeks for the sake of these children.