Daily Archives: February 3, 2012
I’m sure you’re aware of the staggering numbers of women and children who will be trafficked this weekend into Indianapolis as a result of the Super Bowl. If you are not, Google it. Several major media channels have articles posted. (Links: USA Today, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, CBS News) The number of victims will break your heart.
As believers in Jesus Christ we can pray, plead, and beg for God’s mercy and justice to be poured out on these victims.
Would you please write a short prayer for these victims and post it below? I’ve asked a number of authors and publishing professionals to write prayers too. I’ll be posting them here throughout the weekend. Updates will appear on this post and on Twitter. Together we can try to flood the ‘blogosphere’ and the throne of heaven with prayers.
I’m simply compelled to try and do something to aid these victims. You and I have the ability to pray and to pray without ceasing. That may be small, but we know how powerful prayer can be.
Will you pray with us?
A prayer from Dan Kimball
Psalm 36:12 ”See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!” Please Lord bring safety to your children and cease the evil happening.
A prayer from Scot McKnight
Father of the fatherless and Protector of the unprotected, our prayer is that you will act through your Spirit, through your people, and through our law to block, prevent and end the destructive and injustice of trafficking innocent and young girls and boys and the abusive exploitation of women in our culture. Through Jesus our Messiah and Lord.
Claire shared this story of humility in ministry:
Many times in parish ministry I’ve heard people say, “I don’t do it for the thanks….but every now and then it’d be nice to hear.” Whilst understanding this comment reflects our human desire for acknowlegement, it raises the question of motivation in the ministry or service offered. Those who’ve been my greatest model for ministry have been some men and women who serve quietly and cheerfully in the background: making cups of tea after church, looking after building and garden maintenance, keeping the song database up to date, providing transport to those who need it, chatting with visitors after the service, cleaning the toilets, etc. These disciples of Christ have co-operated with him in allowing the Spirit to grow in them hearts that simply seek to serve, hearts that find joy in being part of Christ’s body and honouring him with their lives. I thank God for his work of grace in his servants.