Specific Repentance for Sexual Harassment and Abuse
As I stated on the General Sexual Harassment page, I believe it is possible and helpful to repent on behalf of others who have been abusive. What might such a prayer look like? I think of the specific person for whom I am praying as the nexus, much as in a genealogical chart. Let's say the nexus on the chart is named Lou. Listed above Lou are all of Lou's ancestors on both the mother's and father's sides, and listed below Lou are Lou's offspring, their spouses and children.
Lou is the abuser. Let us begin by repenting for any member(s) of Lou's ancestors (maternal and paternal) who was abusive. This ancestor may predate Lou by generations or be more recent. After repenting on their behalf, break the generational curse/sin of sexual harassment and abuse in the family line. For example, we might pray, "I break the generational sin of sexual harassment and abuse in the Smith and Jones family lines going back through all the generations. I repent on behalf of Lou's father/grandfather, mother/grandmother, aunt/uncle who abused Lou. I also repent on behalf of people unrelated (friend/coach) to Lou who were abusive and I break the sin of abuse in their family lines. I forgive these people and I ask you, Father God, to forgive them also."
Then it would be appropriate to repent for Lou and anything Lou has done and the harm caused. Again, break the sin of harassment and abuse from being passed from Lou to Lou's descendants and to any others whom Lou harmed. Be as specific as you can if details are known to you. Forgive Lou and ask God to forgive Lou also.
Next, pray restoration and healing for the generations preceding Lou, for Lou, Lou's descendants and any others harmed by Lou. As you do so, listen for the Lord in leading you into further avenues of prayer for those involved.
Believe and declare that Jesus sets prisoners free. No one need suffer under a burden of shame or guilt if they turn to Jesus. We can accomplish great things and bring about tremendous healing for ourselves and those we know and love if we are diligent in prayer. I also remind myself that God is not bound by space and time. Our prayers for those long deceased can have blessed consequences for them, for those alive today, and for those to come.
The Lord “judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people” (Ps146:7-8; see also Is 61:1-3 and Lk 4:18-19).
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