Lord, as terrible as slavery is, I know Your biggest concern is for a person’s salvation. My prayer today is that in our fight against slavery we not lose sight of the eternal. There is freedom, but there is FREEDOM, and I want to see people be “free indeed” (John 8:36). May those who rise up to fight and stop these injustices also be of a mind to share Christ’s love with those they rescue, as You are our only true hope for a free and abundant life, both here and in eternity.
I am pondering Your grace today, Lord, and its centrality to all I do and ever hope to do.
Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.
Who wouldn’t wish for power when it comes to battling the fierce enemy of slavery? But I see here in this verse the power comes from You, from me giving testimony to Your great power in conquering death. Abundant grace sounds so good. Thank You for giving it, and giving Yourself, so freely. May we go forth in that same grace and power so we can meet and defeat the giants of our day.
Father, today I am reminded of a dear man I know who loses sleep over the possibility that some child may fall prey to the s*x trade while he is still trying to raise the funds to build that child a home. Loses sleep! I can’t even relate to that, but am asking You to help me try, because I believe that is much closer to Your heart. You do not sleep, but if You did, I bet a lot of these vices would keep You up at night. So I am asking You to make me aware, break me of any complacency when it comes to the desperate needs of so many children in the world. 1 million, as of 2005, and who knows how many more now, are in the trade. May our hearts mirror Yours and not rest until we have done all we can to help those who cannot help themselves.
Lord, much of the data of the scope of human trafficking is inaccurate, due largely to activity right here in the United States that is unknown, that is hidden. So, I would like to start here at home in prayer today, asking You to empower Your people who live in the U.S. to “not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them…all things become visible when they are exposed by the light” (Eph. 5:11 & 13). Make us light, Lord, exposing the darkness in our spheres of influence. Don’t allow the enemy to have a stronghold in our community as far as we can help it. In Your name and by Your Holy Spirit’s power, Amen.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34
Lord, we have transgressed Your law, the one that says ‘Love thy neighbor’, by allowing and possibly even facilitating the horror of human trafficking. You say in Your word that sin is a disgrace to any people, and we sit in disgrace this day. Humble each and every one of us- show us where we each have erred, let an opportunity pass, or just not cared about this issue. Guide us into all truth- may this month reveal a new way You want us to be involved, to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)