Last week we focused on prayer for Government & Law Enforcement. This week we focus on praying for Traffickers.
“How to pray for a Terrorist.” This was the title of the sermon to be delivered by our Associate Pastor one evening. To be honest, I wasn’t interested, so I skipped it. It was just weeks after the 9/11 attacks and I was full of American “Pride.” The idea of praying for people who held the same ideology as those attackers did not appeal to me.
Fast forward twelve years. I had accepted an invitation to a prayer event dedicated to praying for an end to human trafficking in the state of Tennessee. I was shocked to discover that one of the prayer categories was traffickers! How could I? Why would I?
Then one of the event organizers spoke and my eyes and heart were opened.
Robert explained that many of the traffickers were probably victims themselves. Prayer for their lives to be changed would be key to ending the horrible crime. No “pimps” means no customers, which means no TRAFFICKING! I had never considered what kinds of life experiences might lead someone to become a trafficker. I had only thought of it as a gross sin worthy of the most extreme punishment.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that, apart from Christ, we are all sinners and worthy of punishment.
Armed with a new perspective, I could pray.
I won’t lie to you, some days it’s difficult. However, the more that I pray for the traffickers, the easier it becomes.
Will you join me?
If you’d like to keep these verses with you this week for use in your devotions, small group, or prayer time, you can download a printable copy of 7 Verses to PRAY for TRAFFICKERS.