Scripture Reading: Micah 6:6-8
6 With what shall I come before the LORD
and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Today we pray for the efforts to raise public awareness and to reach out to and protect victims of human trafficking. Pray for those who tirelessly give to fight this injustice. Pray for their strength, for their health, for their families. Pray for the success of their endeavors and for the provision of resources needed to accomplish their work. Pray for God to raise up more men and women who are passionate about the cause.
Lord, thank you for being a God of love, who selflessly surrendered to death by crucifixion for the sake of sinful men and women like us. Thank you, Maker of Life, that you were not bound by death but that you rose again on the third day. Thank you that you have made us your children, heirs to the promise of new life, and that our lives here on this earth can bring you glory. Direct us away from selfish indifference and toward selfless action. Cause us to move and live and give and act as you direct your Body. May thousands, millions, tens of millions – dare we pray- billions of lives be impacted as your people discover more of the role we have to play in our world. Come quickly, Lord. But until you do, teach us to live lives worthy of the calling you have given us. Amen.