A few months ago, we asked you to join us in the “I Was a Stranger…” challenge, reading and praying over 40 passages of immigration-related Scriptures for 40 days. Thousands of you across the country took that challenge; if you haven’t, we definitely invite you to do so! For those who have already completed the challenge, we know that hearts and minds have been changed and shaped by God’s word, and many want to know how you can continue to be involved with this issue.
As Christians, we are called to approach and respond to this issue in a number of ways – studying the Bible, advocacy, and personal acts of hospitality, for example. However, the single most powerful and important thing we are called to is prayer. As Christians, we are specifically called to pray “for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). That command applies whether we voted for a particular legislator or not. As Bible teacher and National African-American Clergy Network co-chair Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner says, “There is a direct relationship between the kind of planet we live in and how often we talk to God about leaders. Their decisions can bring joy or conflict; peace or pain; poverty or prosperity to us. To put it another way, we have the kind of leaders we pray for!”
To that end, as Congress begins debating immigration policy changes, we want to invite you to join us in lifting specific prayer requests to God on a weekly basis for the next ninety-two days. We’re calling this effort Pray4Reform. The idea is simple – once you sign up to become a Prayer Partner, you’ll get an email and/or text from us once a week giving you the week’s prayer request. We’ll also keep you posted on prayer events in your area, where you can join like-minded Christians in praying through these requests in person.
Join us in praying for immigration reform and all those affected by this issue! Sign up now to become a Prayer Partner, and join the thousands around the country who are diligently praying and working to fix our broken immigration system which dehumanizes millions and makes a mockery of the rule of law. With your help, and through God’s power, we can bring about a change.