A Prayer for Freedom from Oppression

It is so awesome and amazing to know that God sees everything. I was often told as a child, and tell my own children, that even when no one else is watching—God sees. He sees everything we do. He sees everything that is done to us. He knows everything that was ever done to us in the past. And, He loves us more than anyone ever has or ever will. Amazing.

When Moses was tending his father-in-law, Jethro’s herd one day, he led the flock deep into the wilderness to the Mountain of God, Sinai. There, the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the form of a blaze from the midst of the bush.

Exodus 3:7-10 says this, “Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Are you oppressed? God sees. Are you being treated harshly? God knows. We can cry out to our God and Father, Yahweh, who longs to deliver us into our own Promised Land. He hears.

The Bible says in multiple passages that God is slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I have always found these words to be true.

Dear Father in Heaven,

We thank and praise You for your unfailing love and faithfulness. We thank you that You see and know everything that is going on in our lives.

We ask, Father, that by Your mighty hand, You would reach down and rescue us, freeing us from this oppression.

We thank You, Father, that Your hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor Your ear heavy that it cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1). Rescue us! Free us, Father! We are overwhelmed by oppression and harsh treatment.

You, and only You, can save us!

Forgive us for our sins, Lord, and help us to forgive others. Help us to forgive our oppressor(s). By Your grace, may we never be guilty of inflicting oppression on others.

We ask all these things in Your precious, holy name.

AMEN.

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