Last week we focused on prayer for Church & Community Partners. This week we focus on praying for Government & Law Enforcement.
Prayer. Changes. Everything.
It is easy to feel the need to DO something to help solve a problem, and don’t hear me wrong. I am not suggesting to NOT do something. But before we go out and DO, our first priority is to be ready for the battle, and that means prayer – seeking the help, wisdom and protection of God. He is the God of the impossible, so let’s approach His throne of grace with boldness.
This week, the prayer focus is on government and law enforcement. This includes lawmakers, such as our federal and state Senators and Representatives and our Governor and Mayor, as well as law enforcers, including the Knoxville police department, the Tennessee and Federal Bureaus of Investigation and other federal agencies with offices in East Tennessee.
Gary Haugen, the President of International Justice Mission, notes that the enforcement of good laws drastically reduces the occurrence of human trafficking. In other words, it’s not only important to have good laws, but to have those laws enforced in a way that deters perpetrators. Therefore, let’s pray for the wisdom of our legislators to compose and pass strong legislation. Let’s pray for the wisdom of officials in law enforcement to recognize victims of human trafficking and to rescue them, capturing and punishing perpetrators with minimal risk of physical or other harm to all involved.
Day 1: Prayer for Law Enforcement – trafficking revealed
Job 12:22 – “He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.”
God, thank you that you are a God who loves justice and is all-powerful. Please uncover those who are trying to hide from the law. Bring them into the light. Help them to be discovered and brought to justice.
Day 2: Prayer for Governments – righteous legislation
Isaiah 1:17 – “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
God, thank you that you have all knowledge and wisdom. Please guide the legislators to make good laws that help and protect victims and that bring perpetrators to justice. And please help the lawyers and judges to uphold the laws, punish the perpetrators and defend the rights of the victims.
Day 3 – Prayer for Law Enforcement – wisdom in all circumstances
Ecclesiastes 9:18 – “Wisdom is better than weapons of war.”
God, thank you that you know the right thing to do in all circumstances. Please help police officers to be able to recognize circumstances in which trafficking may be occurring and help them to be trained on how to safely rescue victims in ways that would not scare off perpetrators and would avoid physical harm to all involved.
Day 4 – Prayer for Governments – end corruption and injustice
Deuteronomy 16:19 – “Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.”
God, please help victims to be recognized for what they are and not to be thought of as someone who is a willing participant. And please do not allow special interest groups, such as those who claim that pornography does not harm, to be allowed to continue their practices under that banner of freedom of speech and expression.
Day 5 – Prayer for Law Enforcement – protection
Psalm 86: 2 – “Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God.”
God, please protect those who risk their lives daily to help rescue and protect the lives of others. Protect them not only physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The problem of human trafficking is overwhelming, and sometimes, it can seem that no matter what we do, it is not enough. The problem still persists. However, know this – weekly and even daily reports come in of victims being rescued and perpetrators being brought to justice.
“There is no greater weapon against human trafficking than prayer.” – Exodus Cry
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