Maintaining Border Security
[Beginning 9/25, and continuing through Election Day, November 3rd, Give Him 15 is joining forces with many other national prayer ministries in 40 Days of Prayer for America. Mark Gonzales of Hispanic Action Network and Herman Martir of Asian Action Network provide today’s prayer focus.]
“The atrocities of human trafficking, drug trafficking, and terrorism—especially connected to ISIS—entering via the U.S southern border are the most prevalent issues affecting our national and border security. These issues present a distinct set of circumstances for our government beyond the crisis of undocumented people entering the U.S. illegally to escape difficulties in their own country—a challenge that underscores the need for immigration reform.
“Legislation that would allow for an effective response in counteracting these evils has been ‘on the table’ for too many years. It is time for the U.S. to remedy its broken immigration system and address legislative policies that will allow immigrants and refugees who have the intention to thrive in America and give America their Pledge of Allegiance to enter legally and safely. Likewise, we need laws addressing those who would enter to harm our country; they should be detained and sent back to their country of origin. It’s time for our government to move forward on this issue with the resolve of a fair and compassionate immigration reform that will allow America to flourish in the way which it was founded, and God intended.
“The U.S. State Department estimates that around 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year, with other estimates reaching as high as 19,000.”1
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18; NIV)
Points for Prayer (By, Mark Gonzales and Herman Martir):
Pray that God will keep our borders safe from those who would desire to harm America while our government works on immigration reform.
Pray that God will expose the enemy's agenda to infiltrate our borders. Pray that terrorists who enter through the southern border would be caught.
Pray against the human tragedy behind immigration and that God will give President Trump His plan and vision for immigration reform.
Pray for the children lured to cross the border looking for a better life because of the lack of education and opportunities in their own countries.
Pray for those affected by human trafficking and drug trafficking—that God would protect and heal them—and that God would expose the perpetrators and the drug cartels and eliminate them.
Pray for the hearts of those who would desire to bring harm to God’s people and harm to America—that they would have an encounter with the living Savior.
A Prayer You Can Pray:
God, we ask You to keep the borders of America safe from the infiltration of our enemies. Unless You guard our borders, we labor in vain. All of the securities we could put in place will be worthless without You joining in. Thank You for the plans for a secure border wall to keep our enemies out while our government works on a better and more permanent plan for immigration. America needs and welcomes immigrants, Lord. That is one of the hallmarks of what America is—a melting pot and a place of refuge. May that never cease, but may the process be safe and secure for the immigrant and for our citizens.
There is a group of people coming here that we want to specifically lift up to You. These are the trafficked ones. They are not coming of their own free will. They may have been promised many things for themselves and their families, but the traffickers are liars! God, please expose their plans! Let them all be caught! Let the true victims be treated compassionately. Let our government be able to help them get home quickly. Bring every one of the traffickers to justice! We ask the same for those who bring drugs, weapons, and any other form of corruption through our borders. Bring the weight of our law and punishment down in full on them, so they are never tempted to do it again! Let them have an opportunity to meet You while they are incarcerated. Let the Christians in law enforcement, government positions, and social work, be bold and brave in their witness to these who sought to cause us harm. Turn everything around on them, Jesus. Amen.
Our borders will be secured so that enemies of our country are kept out and those seeking true freedom will be welcomed.
1 U.S. Department of State, “2018 Trafficking in Persons Report”, State.gov. Accessed 9/12/18.
Learn more about Mark Gonzales here.Learn more about Herman Martir here.