The border crisis continues to dominate our news, and the purpose here is not to debate the divisive issue of illegal immigration. Rather, the purpose is to invite us as Christians to respond practically and personally to this crisis.
An objective and biblical source – the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) headed by the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the president of World Vision US, and supported by prominent pastors including Matt Chandler, Tony Evans, Jack Graham, Max Lucado, and Southern Baptist Convention president J. D. Greear – the EIT website has listed “ways to support ministry to migrants along the U.S.–Mexico border.” Take a look and see where God might lead you.
Does God care about this humanitarian crisis? Do we even need to ponder that? Author & Theologian Jim Denison said in response to the crisis: “There are ways every Christian and church can help. We can give. We can look for ways to minister to children at risk where we live. And we can all pray.”
1. Pray that churches in key border towns will rise up and respond
2. Pray that God’s Hand will empower those in leadership with effective plans
3. Pray for those seeking true asylum to find it physically and spiritually
You may use these Scriptures to aid in your intercession –
“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12:24–27, NIV)
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well … This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, everyone to get to know the Truth we’ve learned.” (1 Tim 2:1–4, MSG)
“Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me (*physically and spiritually) and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:13–14, NIV)