“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
This quarter we will be praying for our nation’s capitol, a place in great need of God’s divine intervention and leadership. Washington D.C. is a place where power is wielded. It is the seat of governance where our nation’s leaders come together to adopt and rescind laws that not only greatly impact the lives of the citizens of our country, but also the lives of people all over the globe. Washington D.C. is a place where history is made.
Our nation’s legislators need our prayers more than ever in this transitional season for the United States of America. One issue allowing both sides of the widely divided aisle to gather in unity is trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. So lawmakers need wisdom to be able to adopt laws that truly provide justice for victims, and make progress toward abolition.
Starting with a congressional screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in 2013, Exodus Cry has been working continuously in partnership with other organizations to help educate and encourage our nation’s leaders to enact laws that will help mitigate the international scourge of sex trafficking.
An important bill that Exodus Cry has been involved with over the past several years, called “The Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act” (H.R. 466), was recently re-introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R–Illinois). The goal of H.R 466 is to ensure that the United States government is doing all it can to guarantee nations around the world are taking concrete steps to reduce the demand for commercial sex.
The bill is based on years of compiled evidence, case studies, and credible research indicating that sex trafficking increases in countries where the purchase of sex is legal. It will specify simple and straightforward criteria to determine whether or not countries are making serious efforts to reduce the demand for sex trafficking victims.
Countries with legalized prostitution will be appropriately identified and ranked in our government’s annual Trafficking in Person’s Report. This report is taken very seriously by nations around the world, and lower rankings involve serious consequences. If applied correctly, this bill could have a great deal of global influence.
In addition to H.R. 466, our nation’s primary anti-trafficking legislation, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, will undergo another reauthorization. This will be a time where the law is amended to include or withdraw critical information.
Let’s all join together in prayer for our nation’s leaders as they embark on a new season of governance. Let us intercede for them and approach the throne of God who reigns as the ultimate authority—that the golden bowls of heaven would be filled with the incense of our prayers until answers and blessings are poured out onto our nation and the nations of the earth. (Revelation 5:6-10)