13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:13-15
Jesus’ love for children was obvious. The disciples had their own agenda but it didn’t include the children. After this rebuke, the disciples were starting to get the picture about Jesus’ appreciation and care for vulnerable children. He used them as object lessons to teach His followers about the need to learn from children.
As discussed a few days ago, children are vulnerable around the world. Even in the U.S., it is estimated that 300,000 children are sex trafficked each year. Because they are the most vulnerable in our society, they are easy targets for disreputable people who would abuse and sell them to others for their own perverted ways.
I understand the subject matter for this devotional is heavy and dark.
I also know that the nightmares and existence these kids face are significantly worse than the words on this page. Their pain is real.
Those who have hindered them from coming to Jesus will be punished severely. Our only hope is that we can snatch many more from the jaws of evil before it takes place.
Recently, President Trump authorized more than $100 million to help stop this trafficking. It’s certainly a great start, but these kids need us to pray for them. No, we don’t know them by name nor will we ever, but we can still pray.
Pray for one as you would pray for your children or grandchildren.
God knows your heart (despite you not knowing their names), and will hear your cries on their behalf.