A Call To Prayer: Part Three


Pray that children and youth would experience freedom today

Brett came in that day but he wasn’t feeling like himself. He’d been struggling with anxiety all day and felt out of sorts all day. Brett doesn’t talk about his home life very much. The comments he has made allude to a home that experiences a lot of chaos and brokenness. Brett loves his family and this causes him to worry a lot of the time. Carrying this burden for his family has taken its toll. Lately Brett has been finding himself feeling anxious and unable to control his racing thoughts and shortness of breath. Hope Mission staff had been teaching about prayer and how we can tell God anything and ask for His help in any situation. “Hey, do you think you could pray for me?” Josh, who works for Hope Mission, was surprised to hear him ask but responded with a quick yes and a prayer for peace. After the prayer Brett went back to his activities.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19, NLT

Many of the kids that come through the doors of Hope Mission programs are living in bondage to many forces that threaten to suffocate hope. It is not uncommon for Hope Mission staff to walk alongside teens who self-harm or struggle with suicidal thoughts. Addiction can slowly creep in and take captive the individual who finds that their desire to use substances for fun has become a compulsive need they can no longer control. Other kids must face bullies at school or on social media who threaten to destroy their self-worth. Some face racial slurs and discrimination because of the colour of their skin or the way they dress. For some kids they start to believe that there will never be a way out.

Our God is a God of deliverance. Hearing the cries of his enslaved people God called Moses to deliver a message of freedom to the Pharaoh of Egypt demanding that Pharoah “Let my people go” (Exodus 5). The prophet Isaiah foretold of a freedom that would comfort the brokenhearted, release captives, and free prisoners. The same verse that Jesus would read in the synagogue at the start of his ministry and fulfill through his death and resurrection from the grave. There is freedom and deliverance for all in our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Request #1

Join us in praying for children and youth to believe FREEDOM is possible in their lives.



Join us in praying for children and youth to experience FREEDOM from all of the things which can enslave them: poverty, addiction, mental health, bullying, toxic relationships, low self-esteem, etc.



Join us in praying for children and youth to walk in FREEDOM and to live life to the full.

*Later that night Brett came up to Josh with a smile and shared how after they had prayed together the anxiety went away. Hope Mission staff have continued to pray for Brett’s ongoing freedom from anxious thoughts.

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