Assembling the Intercessors and Watchmen
On Thursday, October 25th, a group from across Houston gathered at the Great Southwest Prayer Center (GSWPC) and drew near to God’s throne, receiving the mercy and grace we need to free all in our city who are in sexual bondage.
As I drove to Katy on my way to the prayer and worship night that launched Anti-Trafficking Weapon #1 (ATW1), I looked to my left and saw a large memorial in Freedom Park with the words “Air Force”, “Navy”, “Marine Corp”, “Army”, and “Coast Guard” on each side of its base. It hit me that every branch of the armed forces was represented, and I felt God’s “Yes.” He is assembling the armed forces on the front line, and this prayer team is a very tactical piece impacting them all.
When I arrived, my friend Stephanie Leggett of the GSWPC greeted me at the door wearing an army green vest over a black dress. Funny, because I’d thrown an army green jacket over my Jesus Image shirt before walking out the door. There had been zero discussion of attire, but moments later, in walked Alex Gerbasi of the Oil & Gas Trafficking Advocacy Group wearing a camo tee under an army green jacket. Should’ve known. These two warrior women have only been in my life a short while, but we’re kindred. The fruit of our meeting and very purpose of the night was just this, to call and equip intercessors to cover the front line of Houston’s anti-sex trafficking movement.
While I’m mostly ignorant of our military’s inner-workings, I suppose that to get stuff done efficiently, every branch must strategically share the intel they gather, remain in their respective lanes, and be prepared to affect operations as needed. I imagine that the needs and discoveries of all are reported to a centralized entity, sifted and then disseminated along with response strategies.
Well, in the Kingdom, that “centralized entity” is God’s throne of grace. From this place, we receive all that is needed to overcome the darkness of sex trafficking as well as every form of bondage that steals the beauty, love, and joys found in intimacy with Him and one another. From His throne that is as near as our willingness to approach it, the Lord hears and activates His people and angels to bring heaven to earth.
There’s no greater hope for the women, children, and men of all ages who are being bought, sold, and used for sexual gratification or financial gain; same for those who exploit them, as well as those who advocate for them. Yes, the darkness gets so much darker than most can imagine, but there is a unity and refinement that is happening among the people of God — a fresh outpouring of vision and strategy that is increasing faith and confidence in the Lord’s purpose. He IS hearing our prayers and bringing what is in the darkness into the light so that our land may be healed. Houston WILL be redeemed for His glory and our people will be set free!
If you’re stirred to take your place as an intercessor and watchman covering the battlefield of sex trafficking and sexual bondage, I invite you to get equipped. Join us for a mandatory training on Saturday, November 17th and commit to interceding for requests from Rescue Houston and other front line agencies including Love People Not Pixels, Operation Texas Shield, OGTAG, and more. Your prayer commitment may include one or more of the following categories:
- Victims and Survivors
- Pimps and Johns
- Front Line Ministries
- Corporate Social Responsibility
To RSVP for the training, please email email@example.com. If you’re a leader of a front line organization who desires increased intercession for your agency and those you serve, ATW1 is honored to share your requests with the intercessors. Please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUGE thanks to the Great Southwest Prayer Center and Freedom Church Alliance for your support! To my girls in green, I’m so deeply thankful for your faith, leadership, and profound love for Jesus. Thank you, Stephanie, for coordinating the space, worship, and prayer training provided by GSWPC, and to Alex, for your years of intercession and administration of this anti-sex trafficking prayer movement. Honored to be joined with you at home with Him — expectant of the abundant harvest.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” John 15:5-7
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa
“She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes
“We must discover where we are in prayer if we are to be effective… how to be a part of the legal process of Heaven that grants God the legal right to fulfill His passion on our behalf and in the Earth.” —Robert Henderson
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that — it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” —Charles Spurgeon