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The Power of One January 15, 2012

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January is the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. Tonight at our church, I had the privilege of leading the congregation in a scripture prayer I wrote for those who are held in the chains of slavery all over the world. I’ve included the prayer in this blog post. Feel free to take it and adapt it for your own use in interceding for these precious men, women and children.  (***a note: I live in State College, PA so you know what I’m referring to in the 6th section)

 

Prayer for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Ephesians 6:12 tell us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Every moment we live for God, every prayer we pray to Him is a battle on some level. Tonight before we enter into battle for those caught in human trafficking and slavery, let’s lay bare before God our own sin in these areas. Then we will be free of entanglements so that our armor will fit appropriately and we will be able to raise our weapons effectively.

 

Heavenly Father, tonight we want to get real with You. So now, we, Centre Church, confess and repent of our sins – specifically those of a sexual nature and those of a manipulative/predatory nature. Ask the Lord now to show you where you need to repent and grab onto forgiveness. Then aggressively, whole-heartedly confess that to Him. We’ll take a moment to do that now.

 

Creator, thank You that if we confess our sins to You, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1John 1:9) We hold on to that forgiveness and our relationship with You and wear them as the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, the Shoes that carry the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

 

King of Kings, we approach Your throne of grace with confidence tonight on behalf of the thousands and thousands of enslaved men, women, boys and girls all over the Earth who need mercy and grace in this time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Our hearts grow heavy with every bit of news reminding us of these precious humans who are caught in a predator’s web.

 

Loving God, Your Word says you keep record of our tears. (Psalm 56:8) We know you have been gathering the tears of all of these hurting ones. We know you have not turned Your back on them. What goes on in the dark corners of the Earth may be hidden from man’s eyes, but it’s not hidden from Your eyes because even the darkness is not dark to you; the night shines like the day, for darkness is as light to You. (Psalm 139:12) Lord, can we be so bold to ask that you would take all of those collected tears and pour them out onto the Earth? Let those exposed tears stir up unbridled compassion in political, social, economic and religious leaders all over the planet in order to bring a mass exodus and rescue to all who are ensnared in human trafficking and slavery! May the salt in those released tears wash over the heart, soul, mind and strength of the victims, bringing complete healing to every wound inflicted on them. May the comfort they receive be used to bring comfort to others they can relate to. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

 

Wonderful Counselor, you have shined a light to expose so much in our own little town and we are thankful for it. May we continue to walk with the eyes of our hearts enlightened. (Ephesians 1:18) Let us not go back to comfort as justice is served, but may the unsettling rumblings of Your Spirit continue to make the City Church’s seats very uncomfortable. Let our love be true, hating what is evil and holding on to what is good! (Romans 12:9) One of Your modern psalmists wrote that faith without works is “about as useless as a screen door on a submarine” and, Father, that’s not where we want to be. Call Centre Church to action in the ways most effective for this part of the Body to move.

 

Thank you that whether our faith is tiny as a mustard seed (Luke 17:6) or giant as the mighty Redwoods, You hear us today. We give thanks to You because You are good and Your love endures forever. We trust that those You redeem from the pit of slavery and from the hand of the enemy will tell their story; that those You gather from the east, west, north and south will share testimonies of Your rescue and healing for all the world to hear. (Psalm 107:1-3)

 

May we celebrate as we see you break the snare of the fowler so the birds trapped inside can escape and fly free! (Psalm 124:7) Through people and through divine miracles, loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free and break every yoke. (Isaiah 58:6)

 

In the Name above all other names we pray,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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