#133 - I Was Abused in my Youth
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God
Dear Father, I was just a child. I couldn't defend myself. I trusted the adults to protect me. They didn't. I was abused physically, emotionally, or sexually. I lost my innocence. I had to defend myself against adult abusers. I lost my ability to trust the adults in my life. I lost my ability to enjoy life and all the good it offers. I live with anxiety, afraid of who is the next adult who will hurt me. I live in continuous grief and sadness. I live with guilt and shame, believing I must be a bad person to have been treated so disrespectfully. I live in alienation, terrified of relationships with people. I feel helpless, hopeless, and powerless. Father, I believe childhood abuse has a purpose - for the enemy. If he can enable a child to be abused, that child will not be able to trust the adult messenger, including those adults who will share the love of God with them. Father, I need to heal. I need the scars to go away. I need to be renewed and refreshed. I need to become whole. Please bring about my healing that I may embrace the message of the cross of Jesus Christ. I need to trust adults, adults who walk with You and who desire to serve and honor You. I also need to enjoy life again; with all the joy and peace You desire for me. Free me from the anxiety, the helplessness, the hopelessness, and the alienation. I ask to be freed from the guilt and shame. Father, heal me so that I can share my story of healing with other victims of child abuse. Amen.
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