Heavy but Hopeful

“Sex trafficking–especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls–has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drug and guns.”

As I read those words from an article published this week my heart sank. I am aware of the sex trade and as a mom of young girls, I think about it more than I’d like to. But something struck me to the core as the author continued with staggering statistics to support his claim. Here is a link to the article.

IT.IS.HEARTBREAKING.

Honestly, it is hard to put into words how I feel: shocked, enraged, grieved and scared. Part of me wants to lock my daughters in the house and never let them out of my sight. One of my worst fears as a parent is that something like that would happen to them. And if I let it, that fear could consume me. I could so easily turn into the most controlling mom you’ve ever known. However, I know that fear cannot be what drives me.  I don’t want to live in the realm of fear and control. So, what then?

Over the last few days I’ve been asking a lot of questions. How can this be the world we live in? Why is sex with young children, girls especially, so enticing? If law enforcement knows so much about the sex trade, why don’t they shut it down?

Sex trafficking is a daunting issue and yet I’ve felt compelled to do something. But where do I even start?

If you know me, you know where this is leading…PRAYER is the starting point.

E.M. Bounds writes, “The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventative. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil. Prayer is no fitful, short-lived thing. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God’s ear, and it lives as long as God’s ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God’s heart is alive to holy things. God shapes the world by prayer.”

The Bible says that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, authorities, powers and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). We’ve been given weapons that have divine power to tear down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

You see, prayer is the battlefield. Before we can battle on earth, we must battle in the heavens.

Are you afraid and intimidated by this issue (or any other for that matter)? PRAY

Are you angry and frustrated? PRAY

Are you feeling helpless? PRAY

Are you grieved for the victims? PRAY

Speaking from experience, I believe that you will come out of the place of prayer emboldened to take a stand for righteousness and justice. But you will do it from a place of faith and not fear, from a place of peace and not anger, from a place of victory and not defeat, from a place of love and not hate.

That’s what I plan to do and leave the rest up to God. He will show the way forward!

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