Gospel of Luke 4: 18 (NIV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed …”
Lord Jesus Christ,
who came to fulfil what was recorded by the prophet Isaiah,
we pray your mercy on those held against their wills.
Strengthen and comfort them at this time.
Proclaim freedom to each one who is held hostage.
Release them from oppression.
Restore to them a sense of hope and a certainty of your love.
Turn the grieving of their loved ones into gladness, we pray,
for you came that all might be saved.
We appeal to you, Prince of Peace. Amen.