Ten ways to pray about Freedom of Speech

Ten ways to pray about Freedom of Speech

As Christians are experiencing their freedom of speech being challenged, CARE have written ten ways to pray about freedom of speech.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression…to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Article 19 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1. THANK GOD FOR UK LAWS PRO­TECT­ING FREE­DOM OF SPEECH

‘Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil … Show respect for all people.’ 1 Peter 2:16-17 (New Century Version)

God of justice, may our laws continue to uphold freedom of expression and opinion with which others disagree, whilst wisely protecting people from violence, discrimination and marginalisation. Amen. 

2. REMEM­BER THOSE UNABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR FAITH OPENLY

’May God comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV)

Holy Spirit, please inspire and empower Christians who are not free to speak and live out the gospel openly to still find ways to grow in faith, and to lovingly share Your truth with others. Amen.

3. PRAY FOR RELI­GIOUS BELIEF IN THE WORK­PLACE TO BE ACCOMMODATED

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ Matthew 7:7 (ESV)

Lord, may many countries adopt the Council of Europe recommendations protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief in the workplace. May employers accommodate their staff so that they do not have to choose between their job and living out their faith. Amen. 

4. ASK GOD TO PRO­TECT FREE­DOM OF SPEECH IN UNIVERSITIES

‘But if you show partiality [prejudice, favouritism] you are committing sin.’ James 2:9 (Amplified Bible)

We pray for universities to be places where people are open-minded, willing to learn, question and debate respectfully, and defend everyone’s right to be heard, even if their views are unpopular. Amen

5. GIVE THANKS FOR LAWS PRO­TECT­ING FREE­DOM OF INFORMATION

‘Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

God of truth, please grant politicians and other leaders the courage to govern with integrity and transparency: willing to be accountable and to apologise for errors. Amen.

6. INTER­CEDE FOR OUR CON­TINU­ING FREE­DOM TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

’For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’ Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, You commissioned us to preach the gospel to everyone. Please watch over and give wisdom, holy love and boldness to all who minister in this way. Amen.

7. REMEM­BER MED­IC­AL PRO­FES­SION­ALS FACING ISSUES OF CONSCIENCE

‘“Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”’ Job 28:28 (RSV)

Gracious God, we pray that doctors, nurses and others will be released from duties that involve procedures and treatments that they believe to be against their conscience. Grant them courage. Amen.

8. PRAY THAT FALSE ​‘HATE SPEECH’ ACCUS­A­TIONS WILL BE DISMISSED

‘Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil…’ Zechariah 8:16-17 (NIV)

God, please grant that people who disagree about contentious issues, but not hatefully, will be able to speak out freely. Give them strength to be truthful and kind. Amen.

9. PRAY FOR FAIR­NESS IN DIS­PUTES ABOUT SEX AND GENDER ISSUES

‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger … The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch.’ Proverbs 15:1-3 (NIV) 

Loving Lord, we recognise the deep feelings involved in disputes about sex and gender issues. Help us to engage in fair honest debate that always values people whatever their convictions. Amen.

10. PRAY FOR CHRIS­TI­ANS TO ALWAYS SPEAK THE TRUTH WITH GRACE

‘Be a good worker, who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. Avoid worthless, foolish talk …’ 2 Timothy 2:15-16 (NLT)

Father, may we not demand our own rights but honour and serve You with compassion and grace by speaking up for the voiceless and defending vulnerable people who are unjustly treated. Amen.

Source: CARE

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