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2022 WEEK OF PRAYER

Week of Prayer

In our 2022 Week of Prayer guide, women who have been freed from sex trafficking inspire us all to freshly encounter God and fully experience the freedom of his love and power. Under the overarching theme of “Free to …,” we will pray together through several dimensions of freedom—free to pray, free to love, free to proclaim liberty to the captives, free to pursue your calling, and more. Through these daily prayers, let us be reminded that we can never fully plumb the depths of the riches of our freedom in Christ!

Dear Covenant Friends

In our 2022 Week of Prayer guide, women who have been freed from sex trafficking inspire us all to freshly encounter God and fully experience the freedom of his love and power. Under the overarching theme of “Free to …,” we will pray together through several dimensions of freedom—free to pray, free to love, free to proclaim liberty to the captives, free to pursue your calling, and more. Through these daily prayers, let us be reminded that we can never fully plumb the depths of the riches of our freedom in Christ!

I also encourage you not to miss Prajakta David’s concluding letter about the FREE initiative, a joint ministry of the Covenant’s Love Mercy Do Justice and Serve Globally mission priorities. FREE partners with agencies worldwide to provide liberation from sex trafficking, healing for trauma suffered, and encouragement to live freely as God’s beloved children.

For more than 60 years, the Evangelical Covenant Church has provided materials for a week of prayer during the month of January. Whether you choose to use this resource at the beginning of the year or later, we pray that it will both challenge and equip disciples of Jesus to live a life of prayer and continually seek new ways to develop this life-giving practice.

The Week of Prayer can be used by individuals or groups during one single week or over the course of seven weeks. Feel free to customize the resource for your purposes, adding your own prompts.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at mdd@covchurch.org.

Making Disciples Together,

Michelle Sanchez
EXECUTIVE MINISTER OF
MAKE AND DEEPEN DISCIPLES

Reading Plan

DAY ONE / WEEK ONE

DAY TWO / WEEK TWO

DAY THREE / WEEK THREE

DAY FOUR / WEEK FOUR

DAY FIVE / WEEK FIVE

DAY SEVEN / WEEK SEVEN

Instructions

Isaiah 61 promised that God’s people were free to rejoice, heal, rebuild, proclaim, release, comfort, and restore, despite the period of oppression they had just endured.

In fact, because they were rising from the ashes, they were especially suited to be an example of the Lord’s righteousness and resurrection power. The people of God were transformed, not only for their own good but also for the good of the devastated life and community surrounding them that they would restore.

Survivor leaders, who are formerly sex-trafficked women, share personal stories of what they are free to do. They have not used their freedom to wallow in shame, but each one has been healed and transformed in a holistic way that calls her to a life of service. These transformed souls are the featured voices who are free to speak through this Week of Prayer resource. Each day we invite you to meditate on a portion of the Isaiah 61 text. Each woman’s story will resonate with the portion of Scripture for the day. As you enter into prayer, please choose one of our FREE partners to include in your prayer. As you pray, we invite you to reflect on the life of the woman whose story you have read. Learn more at Free Initiative.

Ramelia Williams
DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY INITIATIVES
LOVE MERCY DO JUSTICE

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FREE Resources

Globally, an estimated 4.7 million persons are caught in sex trafficking today. Approximately 250,000–350,000 American children and youth are at risk for sex trafficking each year. 

People who have been marginalized are often deemed disposable and thus usable for the demoralizing purposes of those with power and privilege. The exploitation of those targeted through sex trafficking continues to attack the imago Dei, marring and harming trafficking victims, the traffickers, and the communities where economies of sexual exploitation flourish. 

The Evangelical Covenant Church is committed to collectively opposing the violence against people vulnerable to sex trafficking and joining the transformative work of our partners in loving and serving alongside vulnerable people to reflect God’s kingdom. We share a commitment to complement the work of our partners as co-workers entrusted with the mission of God. Together we seek to oppose the evil of sex trafficking and effectively serve those impacted by the perils of sex trafficking, abuse of power, poverty, and injustice around the world.  

Through the FREE initiative, we invite you to partner with us in breaking the cycle of sex trafficking to create safer, holistic communities domestically and globally through the framework of pray, learn, give and act. We seek to raise awareness and support for the work of anti-sex trafficking so that together we might see a collective movement toward opposing this evil as we partner with relentless hope to pursue God’s shalom for our world. Learn more at Free Initiative.

Prajakta David
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL ADVANCEMENT
AND MOBILIZATION