Monday, April 16, 2012

Ending Slavery

A little over a week ago, I wrote about a documentary that I am eager to see soon. It’s called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, put together by a powerful ministry comprised of intercessors and abolitionists anointed by God. I posted about a screening of the film in New Jersey next month (5/19). I was thrilled to find out earlier today about a screening next Tuesday night in NYC (4/24). I strongly encourage everyone to take the trip, whether to Manhattan or North Brunswick, to see this film. There is no cost but tickets must be reserved (through this website) and I imagine they will go fast. Though I have not seen Nefarious yet, the feedback about it has been incredible. God’s hand is on the ministry behind it...

Exodus Cry is a movement to end slavery. Yes, end. Their approach is through prayer, awareness, and reform. They know that prayer is the greatest and most effective weapon when it comes to combating human trafficking and believe that they exist to answer the crisis of modern-day slavery. Did you know that there are more people enslaved today than at any other point in history? Regardless of how much you know about human trafficking, we can all agree that the need is enormous and overwhelming. It seems impossible in the natural to combat such evil but, as Christ followers, we know that nothing is impossible with God. After all, the same power that resurrected Jesus from the grave lives inside of us. Greater is HE who is in us, than he who is in the world.

I encourage you to check out Exodus Cry’s website. It is packed with resources about how you can help out and make a difference in this fight for freedom. There is at least one way we all can get involved. In this post, I want to zero in on the various prayer initiatives.

City in Focus is where a specific city is highlighted and their needs are prayed for. Every Monday evening, there is a prayer meeting held at the International House of Prayer where they spend two hours crying out to God for a breakthrough throughout these regions. They stream the meeting live at 8:00 CST/9:00 EST. The Exodus Cry Prayer Watch is a global coalition of prayer meetings. A monthly prayer bulletin is sent out with details on how to be praying specifically and strategically to abolish slavery. Sexual exploitation is not only behind closed doors; we see it in some form in all of our cities. We need to pray for those strongholds to be broken. The Adopt-A-Nation Campaign is an initiative to catalyze prayer across the globe. Individuals choose a country and then commit to praying, fasting, and giving for the ending of slavery in that particular region. Fasting and prayer releases the supernatural dimension of the spirit and giving releases the natural dimension of provision. They share that, by engaging in those three activities, they launch a full-scale assault against the powers of injustice. Lastly is the Red-Light Prayer Initiative where the challenge is to pray for the shutting down of red-light districts every time you’re at a red light. They provide red-light decals to help to remember to pray.

I recognize that the level of commitment in intercession and involvement for the ending of human trafficking will vary among people. However, we all can pray. We all must pray. Strongholds to this evil must be broken in the spiritual realms otherwise all that's done practically will be done in vain. Prayer is the only way we will ever truly end slavery. So next time you’re in your car at a red light, usher up a prayer to the God who proclaims liberty to the captives and opens the prisons of those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1)…

Our Redeemer, Jesus the Messiah.

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."
- William Wilberforce

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