01 February, 2013

Freedom Sunday

What is freedom?

Over 2.1 million people in our world are not free. They are enslaved in human trafficking; forced into labour, sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or castoff for their organs.

The Salvation Army in Australia has set apart 17th February to acknowledge and pray for victims of human trafficking. Human Trafficking not only dishonors the glory of God inherent in each individual, it is also a violation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Article 4 states, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms” (United Nations, 2013).

What can we do? We can pray.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Select the following links for some prayer resources as well as a service outline specific to The Salvation Army.

Start Freedom Sunday Prayer

Service Outline - The Salvation Army

Start Freedom Sunday (Prayer 2)

Additionally, visit the Centre for Spiritual Life Development for some great prayer resources. http://www.salvationarmy.org/csld/247prayer

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