My Heart Breaks Today
Fellow Christians, today my heart is breaking for specific prayers. Last night I was allowed to see a video that was so evil and so repulsive that I found it hard to believe a person could want to do such an evil deed. However, is does happen, a lot and even in our own beloved nation.
Here are words I found when researching this morning:
What is Human Trafficking?
Answer: Simply put, human trafficking is a modern term for slavery. Anytime a person is held in a forced labor situation, regardless of the reason, it is defined as human trafficking.
The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
Experts have noted that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and one of the most lucrative. Overall, the International Labour Organization estimated the human trafficking industry at over $31 billion per year in 2005. Some estimate that as many as 29 million people exist in slavery worldwide, more than twice the number of slaves transported during the entire Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The problem is clearly large and growing. What does the Bible teach about human trafficking? This question cannot adequately be answered without a clear understanding of God’s value of human life. The Bible records that, when God created humans, He created them in His image (Genesis 1:26). Every life is of great value, and God loves all individuals.
As a result, God teaches love for our neighbor (Matthew 19:19) as well as love for those in need (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus was the one who taught the Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). Further, Proverbs 31:8-9 teaches us 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.” These principles certainly all apply to those hurt through the illegal practice of human trafficking.
These words come from this article:
Additional Resources and Information
The U.S. State Department has estimated that approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked annually across international borders worldwide and approximately half of these victims are younger than age 18 (U.S. Department of State, 2005, 2006, 2007). Additionally, the U.S. State Department has estimated that 80 percent of internationally trafficked victims are female and 70 percent are trafficked into the sex industry (U.S. Department of State, 2005).
Oh Father God, my heart does break and my tears fall today as I think upon this sickening evil that is part of our nation. As I watched that awful video last night, I thought to myself “how can a human being do this to another.” Lord, I know I live in a fallen world, in the midst of fallen people; but oh God, how evil we can truly become. Lord I know this is from the enemy, Satan who is the god of this world. He is the exact opposite of Your love and Your glory and Your righteousness. And many of those involved in this trafficking are also involved in the worship of Satan himself.
Surely Lord, the spirits and even blood of these children must cry out to You for justice. I pray You send Your mighty Angel warriors to be with these young ones and to protect their minds and their bodies. I pray for these children and young teens to be rescued from this evil bondage. I know that only Your love and Your power can heal the minds, bodies and spirits of those who are rescued from out of this evil and still live.
Lord, I pray for those in law enforcement and in our intelligence agencies who are working cases involving human trafficking. I lift each man and woman to You, asking that You protect them and send Your Holy Spirt to gift them with wisdom and knowledge so they can find those who are part of this evil and expose them to the world and prosecute them for their evil deeds and that their victims be freed.
Lord, even those in high places in our land are possibly involved in this evil and I pray You will shine Your light into the hidden places and the darkness in which they hide their evil deeds. I pray they will be found out, stopped and prosecuted for their deeds.
Lord, to think that even some of those You have allowed to become prosperous and rich as the world knows, are involved in this evil is so alarming. Lord they use these riches and positions of power to aid in their evil orgies and abuse of the most innocent of ones. This sickens me and God I pray You will destroy their riches and take away their high positions and give them over to the evil one so that they might see the evil of their sins and if possible repent of them. In my broken heart I want them to pay for what they do to these children; however I know that even these are Your creations and You would love them too. May they see the evil of their ways Lord and be broken before You and turn from this.
Lord, I pray You will send your Holy Spirt to burden the hearts of Your children throughout our country about this evil and that too will lift up their prayers to You. And God please purge our land from this work of Satan and those who follow him.
Lord, I pray for our current President and for Donald Trump, our president elect and their teams, that stopping this evil exploitation of women and children in our land is a priority.
Lord I ask all these things in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen
Your comments and your own prayers are welcome.