What Is PrayerForce Offensive?
PrayerForce Offensive is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, is it is the unity of believers gathered
together to pray. This may be an onsite gathering or offsite through the internet or conference calls. It is the body of Christ working in accord to defeat the works of the enemy.
As a verb, PrayerForce Offensive is an attack on the forces of darkness from on high. Just as ground troops in modern warfare depend on air support to assault, defend, or rescue, we will attack the principalities of evil and support the rescue of the helpless and exploited.
What Are The Prayer Targets?
Initially, the focus will be on human trafficking. Once this focus is firmly established, other targets will be added – drug abuse, poverty, or a specific third world country. We will rely on the Holy Spirit to direct where He wants to focus.
How Will We Pray?
As Christians, we are so familiar with words like prayer, that we almost don’t even think about what it means. Prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is a conversation led by the Lord.
If we go back to our supreme model and look at the life of Jesus, we see that He disappeared into the wilderness to spend time with His father and then went out to minister. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed…And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.” (Luke 5:16-17)
The prayer model of PrayerForce Offensive is to spend as much time as necessary lingering in the presence of God before engaging in specific prayer objectives. The closer we draw near to God in quiet adoration, the more He instills in us His desires and provision to do His will.
We pray from a position of power. “That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Eph 1:19-21)
And then He seated us with Him. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:6)
We pray from heaven to earth from a position of authority. We pray as Jesus prayed. “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (Jn 5:30)
“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.” (Jn 3:27)
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Col 2:15)
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12)
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Eph 3:10-11)
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is the exploitation of a person for labor and sex. It does not require travel or transportation of the victim across local, state or international borders. Human trafficking occurs within our own towns and cities when victims are coerced into labor or sex through force or fear.
Facts about human trafficking
The United States is widely regarded as a destination country for human trafficking. Federal reports estimate that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States annually. This does not include the number of victims who are trafficked within the United States each year. https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/research
7,621 cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States in 2016. Source: National Human Trafficking Hotline, https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states.
- 91% of youth reported being offered lucrative work opportunities that turned out to be fraudulent, scams, or sex trafficking.
- recent estimates of labor trafficking suggest that among Mexican immigrants alone, there may be more than 2.4 million individuals in forced labor in the United States.
- risk factors include poverty, homelessness, unemployment, a history of sexual abuse, and a history of mental health issues.
- Among young men and women, rejection by birth or foster families (which is highest among LGBTQ youth) can increase vulnerability to sex trafficking.
Labor trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, or transportation of a person for labor services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It is modern day slavery. Labor trafficking arises in many situations, including domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, factory work, migrant agricultural work, and construction. It is often marked by unsanitary and overcrowded living and working conditions, nominal or no pay for work that is done, debt bondage, and document servitude. It occurs in homes and workplaces, and is often perpetrated by traffickers who are the same cultural origin and ethnicity as the victims, which allows the traffickers to use class hierarchy and cultural power to ensure the compliance of their victims. Labor traffickers often tell their victims that they will not be believed if they go to the authorities, that they will be deported from the United States, and that they have nowhere to run. Traffickers teach their victims to trust no one but the traffickers, so victims are often suspicious of genuine offers to help; they often expect that they will have to give something in return. SEE: www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/human-trafficking#LAB
Based on hotline data, traffickers have also exploited victims in the hazardous business of illicit drug production and in the isolated marijuana cultivation industry in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, though limited data is available.
“In our day…wars and conflicts have become the prime driver of trafficking in persons. They provide an enabling environment for traffickers to operate, as persons fleeing persecutions and conflicts are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked. Conflicts have created conditions for terrorists, armed groups and transnational organized crime networks to thrive in exploiting individuals and populations reduced to extreme vulnerability by persecution and multiple forms of violence.” – Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
“There are situations where you have to force girls by using rape, abuse or torture. When she begins to fear for her life, she stops resisting and starts working.” – South African brothel owner and human trafficker
“Why should I slap them when I can just use words to destroy them mentally?” – Romanian trafficker in the United Kingdom, speaking on why he doesn’t need to use violence against the women he forces into commercial sex.
“I would feel terrified. He would tell me I had to stay out until I came up with the money. It grossed me out… I didn’t want them to look at me, I didn’t want them to touch me.” – Teenage sex trafficking victim, California.
Organizations working to help victims of human trafficking:
- Polaris Project
- Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia
- Urban Light
- Student World Assembly Red Card Project
- Good Weave
- Destiny Rescue
- Hagar International
- Liberty Asia
- Amnesty International
- Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women
If you want to join me in stopping the evil that is human trafficking, contact me and I’ll be in touch with you about how we can partner in victory.