PRAYING FOR THE END OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Central Virginia Justice Initiative Welcomes You to Join Us in Praying for (1) the Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking; (2) the Traffickers and Buyers; (3) Law Enforcement and the Justice System; (4) Non-Governmental Organizations and the Government; (5) and the Church.
FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
Hagar called Him El Roi which means ”the God who sees me in my affliction.” He is the same God who sees victims of trafficking in their afflictions. He sees their families. Our help comes from the Lord. Ps.121:1-2 Our hope comes from the Lord. He executes justice for the oppressed. He sets the prisoners free. Ps. 146: 5-7. Our Lord supports the fatherless and widows and He thwarts the way of the wicked. Ps. 146:9. Pray for the safety of those who are trapped in commercial sex and labor trafficking. Pray for their families. Pray that God will free them from their oppressors. Pray that God will set them on a path toward restoration and healing. Pray for criminal record relief success for survivors of trafficking so their life will not be hampered by criminal records that were the result of crimes they committed while under the control of a trafficker.
For conviction, repentance and salvation. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon”. Isaiah 55:7 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9. Pray that God will open the eyes of traffickers to recognize the wickedness of their actions and turn from them to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that God will prohibit their efforts in trafficking and they would know it is by His hand. Pray for their families. Pray for transformation their hearts. Pray for God’s justice for those who persist in trafficking.
For conviction, repentance and salvation. "Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon." Isaiah 55:7 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9.
Pray that God will open the eyes of buyers to recognize the wickedness of their actions and turn from them to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that God will prohibit their efforts in buying and they will know it is by His hand. Pray for their families. Pray for transformation their hearts. Pray for God’s justice for those who persist in exploiting persons for commercial sex or for their labor. Pray for those who use pornography or purchase sex, to cease, repent, seek help and surrender their lives to God.
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
For protection, divine strategy, wisdom and insight “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Ps.18:30 “Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” Jer. 22: 3. Pray that our law enforcement will recognize God as their creator and redeemer, Pray that He will protect them and give them wisdom and courage to do what is right.
Pray that they will have the resources and training needed to effectively identify trafficked persons and have understanding for their plight. Pray that they will have effective strategies to flush out traffickers and win the trust of victims. Pray for their families.
FOR THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND LEGISLATORS
“Thus says the Lord, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast in of his might…but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.” Jer.9:23-24. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5. Pray for attorneys to be wise and skilled in cases against human traffickers. Pray for attorneys representing trafficked victims seeking justice and/or criminal record relief. Pray for juries to be filled with the people of understanding and wisdom in cases involving traffickers. Pray for many convictions of traffickers. Pray for judges who deal with human trafficking cases to be wise, skilled, compassionate to victims and tough on traffickers. Pray for understanding and wisdom for elected officials so they will enact laws that are are tough on traffickers and buyers, protective and merciful to the victims and survivors, and protective to the vulnerable.
FOR NGO'S AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT WORK WITH TRAFFICKED VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of your hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God, the Father.” Col. 3:17. Pray that God will grant His favor to the NGOs and government agencies to be able to provide necessary resources for survivors. Pray for counselors and social works and victim advocates who work with survivors. Pray for wisdom and resources for those who work with the buyers of commercial sex seeking help for their addiction on their own or are compelled to under law. Pray that they would look to the Lord to meet their needs. Pray that their work would be fruitful.
FOR THE CHURCH
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8. “Learn to do right. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Is.1:17. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph.2:10. Pray for the Church to pray for the end of modern day slavery. Pray for the Church to unite against injustice in any form. Pray for the Church to learn more, feel more, and do more in response to the tragedy of human trafficking and all forms of exploitation. Pray that God will show you how you can use your time, talent, skills or money to contribute to protect, defend, restore, and empower the victims of human trafficking.