Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to re-abolish slavery worldwide...right now

Read this aloud as a prayer to God for those who aren't free today. 
Father God,

You who created all things out of the overflow of your boundless love, 
you who defend the rights of the fatherless and the widow, the oppressed of every generation, you who set the captive Israelites free from their bondage in Egypt, and each of your children from our bondage to sin, glory to your name!

Hear the cries of our hearts for those enslaved in our world today, for their labor and for their bodies in sexual exploitation, the countless unheard individual voices around the world and here in our own city.

Lord, hear their prayers and ours for their freedom! Stretch out your mighty hand to restore their dignity, to bring comfort and healing. Shelter them and meet their material needs, and provide education, resources and opportunities for each of your enslaved children to live a life of abundance and fulfillment.

Lord, you have called us according to this your purpose, to be the hands that bring freedom and comfort and healing and opportunity to the captive and the oppressed. May we be a rising tide of abolitionists, flooding the world as in the days of Noah.

Lord, protect us from the attacks of the enemy--the voices that tell us there is too much and we are too little, for we are not the liberators, but you, Lord, and we are walking in a victory that you have already won. Protect us from the feelings of despair and helplessness, exhaustion and burnout, and the desire to insulate our hearts from the pain of the stories we hear, but let us meet pain with fearless compassion and faith in your provision, giving generously of the talents and resources you have generously given, remaining in your joy and inexpressible peace, as the followers of one whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

Finally, we pray for the oppressors--the traffickers, who supply the demand, and the consumers who create it: both we who demand ever-cheaper products, and especially those who defile themselves by seeking sexual services without love or freedom. Lord, the world sees battles between good people and bad people, but you have taught us that there are only broken people who are created in your perfect image. We pray for those men and women who are captive to their own sin, who are manipulated and corrupted by the evil one. We pray also for their freedom, for their healing, and that they may find what they seek, whether money, pleasure or love, in ways that honor you and bless the world.

Lord, in all of these things, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, and may your name be glorified, everywhere and always, now and forever. Amen.

Now go to http://www.freedomsunday.org/ to begin to be the answer to your own prayer.