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Praying for the Complete Work of God

By Laurie Nichols

June 1, 2016

This morning I watched in horror as one of my kids accidentally sent a priceless vase crashing to the floor. I say “priceless” because the vase represented to me one of the only joyful, lighthearted moments I had for five very long years. On the day I made that vase, my heart was light; my pains and sorrows were worlds away. As I saw the vase shatter this morning, I felt an almost tangible pain in my heart as I remembered the isolation and sadness I lived with many years ago. The shame and sorrow came rushing back like a raging river when I least expected it.


As I blinked tears away, I thanked God for my present reality. I thanked Him for His joy and love that has covered my wounds. I thanked Him for my future that is open like a blank canvas, waiting to be covered with dreams and hopes.


Only a few days ago an article was published that estimates the number of people in bondage to trafficking and exploitation today is higher than previously thought—an estimated 45.8 million people globally. This is horrifyingly high and here’s where my mind goes: to the summation of each and every one of these people’s totality of life. Here’s what I mean:


A prayer for the past. Let’s ask God for His hand of healing to cover their wounds and make them white as snow (Isa.1:18). God, please grant each woman and man, boy and girl the freedom to not be defined by their past and to instead see themselves defined only by You and Your plan for their lives.


A prayer for the present. Let’s ask God for His grace and mercy to pour over their fears and towards hope and healing (Isa. 41:10). God, please grant each woman and man, boy and girl the ability to feel Your nearness. Give them faith to believe that as they place their hands in Yours, they have found life.


A prayer for the future. Let’s ask God to give each person a future and a hope that is marked by a path that has been built with wounds but repaved with salvation (Jer. 29:11). God, please grant each woman and man, boy and girl the expectation of transformation and life. Give them the opportunity to walk onto a new path which brings wonders anew each day.


No one is defined by their past. We must hope and pray that as each wound and sorrow is exposed in the life of each person being exploited, that God would take those pieces and make something new. Let’s pray fiercely! For the complete work of God—past, present, and future—in the lives of our friends who are broken, but beautiful.


Laurie Nichols is New Name's very own writer. She writes the beautiful monthly devotionals. The Lord has truly gifted Laurie and we are so grateful that she shares her talent for New Name. Thank you Laurie!