It’s when I’m safe alone in my room that I think of the girl whose freedom has been removed.
Who doesn’t get an off day,
Who can never call in sick,
Who has to paint a smile on her face to satisfy the men,
The men who use her and mean her no good.
Men who treat her worse than a dog in the hood.
As I watch a movie I think about her dreams.
What would she do if she could be free?
Would she dance on the rooftops?
Would she sing with the morning birds?
Would she paint a beautiful canvas,
Or go horseback ridding in the woods?
I don’t know where she is, but in my heart she’s close to me.
Sometimes I feel her pain and a burden comes over me.
I may never know her name,
I may never see her face,
But each night I will intercede that one day she will be free
Free to joke around and free to be herself.
Trust that miracles can happen when we pray for the girl.
Today I watched several documentaries on human trafficking. I saw the statistics and I heard the stories. I saw how this is an international problem that is affecting millions of women and children. I took my anger and turned it into art, but most of all I feel a greater responsibility to intercede for these women and children daily. Sometimes I get a pressing in my spirit to pray for a particular girl even though I don’t know her name or where she is. I don’t have to know all the details to be obedient. I just know that prayer is powerful and intercession does work.
I recently bought the book “Becoming A Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves. I haven’t even finished it yet and already it has been a great blessing to me. I love the way she breaks prayer down and it’s a easy read with lots of Bible references. I especially love the poem she referenced in the introduction titled, “I Traveled on My knees” adapted from a poem by Sandra Goodwin. The beginning of the poem goes like this:
“Last night I took a journey
To a land across the seas;
I did not go by boat or plane,
I traveled on my knees.”
That poem is a great illustration of how our prayers can literally go all around the world. In our quiet time with the Lord we can pray for the girls. We can also support organizations locally and internationally who are helping the survivors and leading investigations to get more girls freed. Let’s donate our time and some of our money even to help this cause. Also remember to be grateful for your freedom and don’t let the little petty things of life keep you down. When I think of issues like this it helps me put my problems into perspective and suddenly they’re not so bad after all. So please pray for the girls and even the boys who are caught up in human trafficking aka slavery.
A great organization to get involved with that is all for abolishing slavery is A21. Go to https://www.a21.org