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1001 Prayer topics : #9 Children and teenagers who witness crimes

Salaam Aleykum blessed! Sohb bekheyr son of promise! May the knowledge of the LORD, his strength and counsel be yours through the HOLY SPIRIT. You have much to say, may our LORD make you wise and benevolent. You have much to do, may our LORD make you strong and enduring. Don't participate in media manipulation. You can't repair injustice with injustice. The Church is the light of the world. Therefore, has the right, and in some cases the duty, to speak out on social issues. Our role is not to animate useless debates, but to edify.

The LORD will walk before you, he will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. So don't be afraid, don't be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8, Parole de vie 2017)
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. (Proverbs 24: 11, NIV)

Every year, thousands of children and teenagers witness criminal acts. Events that take place at home, at school, at the leisure center, on the bus, and elsewhere. Whether their testimony is heard by investigators or not, it is no less traumatic. Whether or not their testimonies are known to trusted family members, they are no less traumatic. In the case of children, despite the veracity of their testimony, it is not easy for investigators to use it as evidence. Their admissibility by a judge or jury depends on the child's ability to remember and describe in detail the sometimes traumatic events he or she has seen, heard and /or experienced.

When a child has witnessed or been the first to discover a criminal act (e.g., discovering the body of a parent, brother or friend), the first hours of care are crucial: soothing, reassuring, informing, reassuring, listening, accompanying and protecting. For example, a child witness to the murder of his or her parents needs to have the death of his or her loved ones confirmed as soon as possible, and in simple terms. Otherwise, they could suffer traumatic amnesia, believing that they're in the middle of a nightmare and that they're going to wake up. The problem is that traumatic amnesia is a time bomb. Traumatic memory is accompanied by symptoms such as anxiety, guilt, behavioral disorders, episodes of depression, sleep disorders, addictions, and so on. When the traumatic amnesia lifts (days or years later), memories return in a very brutal, invasive, and fragmented way (flashbacks, nightmares), bringing back the same distress (sometimes more) and the same sensations.

Children and teenagers who witness crime are often poorly supported. The main reasons are :

  • Ignorance (involuntary) or trivialization (voluntary) of the facts they witness or have witnessed.

    • Examples: unreported abuse and harassment at school. Repeated marital, verbal, or sexual violence.

  • Fear of stigmatization (devaluation of the witness or his family) and discrimination (nuisance, exclusion, and isolation).

    • Examples: Taboo subjects considered inappropriate to discuss.

    • Examples: Cases of incest, forced marriage, relationship, or friendship with the criminal.

    • Examples: Emotional blackmail from an adult "You're going to destroy our family, we're going to lose everything, we're going to be separated by social services, you're selfish, it's your fault, you're weak, I can't manage without you, your mother will hate you, what do you think your father will think of you? "

  • Threats suffered by the child, adolescent, or adults in their care.

    • Examples: threats from gang members, threats to cut off financial support, and threats to harm a loved one.

  • Lack of qualifications (legal, psychological, educational), lack of appropriate structures, legal vacuum.

  • Political vendettas (royal family, politician, activist).

  • Satanic claims, esoteric or occult blackmail, etc.

I ask you to pray for the children and adolescents who have witnessed criminal and/or delinquent acts. Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to nourish your thoughts and inspire your words. Your prayer will be more effective if you have compassion, if you understand what they're going through, or if you can identify with one of them (thoughts and feelings). Pray in tongues and with understanding, as he leads you. Go further than the points mentioned below.

  • Let us pray that these children and adolescents will be well surrounded and well accompanied.

  • Pray that they will have the courage to speak out and testify.

  • Let us pray against fear: of being killed, beaten, kidnapped, judged, stigmatized, made guilty, discriminated against, mocked, separated, condemned, etc.

  • Let us pray against guilt and false reasoning, opposing the revelation and manifestation of the love, peace, and joy of CHRIST.

  • Pray that their testimonies will be received without alteration.

  • Pray that their testimonies will be useful to investigators, judges, lawyers, and legislative authorities.

  • Pray against media exposure that would only serve to create buzz and gain an audience.

  • Let us pray against media, political and religious exploitation of their testimonies.

  • Pray for healing from traumatic memory and its symptoms.

  • Let us pray for consolation and healing of the soul.

  • Pray for necessary separations with perpetrators, parents, relatives, and adults who are violent, ill, unable to protect, or assume responsibility.

  • Pray for necessary connections and reconciliations with transferred parental custody, guardianship, relocation, friendships, neighborhoods, welcome in schools and churches, and accompaniment by churches, Christian ministries, equipped individuals, and organizations.

  • Let us invoke the covering of the blood of JESUS.

  • Order the enemy to lay down their lives.

  • Let us ask for their Salvation in CHRIST.

  • Let us speak against all words of curses declared upon their lives.

  • Let us declare words of blessing over their sleep and their lives.

  • Let us declare words of blessing on our homes, our present or future descendants.

  • Amen

No intercession is in vain. GOD will remember you. I'll be happy to share your prayer requests 🙂 Write to me, and I'll publish them.

** Sohb bekheyr = Good morning in Persian / Farsi (Iran).

** Salaam Aleykum = Good morning (peace be upon you) in Persian / Farsi (Iran).

*** I identify 14 types of prayer in the Bible: The prayer of praise and thanksgiving, the Worship prayer, the prayer of faith, the prayer of agreement, the prayer of petition, the prayer of consecration, the prayer of intercession, the prayer of blessing, declaration, and proclamation, the prayer of imprecation, of authority, more often called the warfare prayer or deliverance prayer, the prayer of supplication and childbirth (birth the will of GOD), the prayer in tongues, the prayer for repentance, the prayer for advisory, the prayer of the SPIRIT (when the HOLY SPIRIT prays within us). Not to be confused with the expression prayer by the SPIRIT or prayer led by the SPIRIT (the manner and the subjects).


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