April 20 – Immigration: Travel Ban

by Pray As One

“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners,
because you were foreigners in Egypt.”
(Exodus 23:9; NIV)

In recent national social conversation, the term “travel ban” has become synonymous with discrimination, racism, and lack of compassion.  However, in light of recent terror attacks, the wisdom of a temporary travel ban on nations that are known to be lack in their security measures and nations that are suspected of actually being sponsors of terror groups is a necessary step of a comprehensive long-term solution. A temporary travel ban must in place in order to secure our nation from potential infiltration of ISIS and other terror groups.

Points for Prayer:

Pray for divine wisdom to lead our President and others that are involved in writing policy in regard to a temporary travel ban.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal the intent of the judges and those that are responsible for opposing a temporary travel ban.

Pray for the immigrants that the Lord is calling to our nation that He has chosen to be a part of what God is doing in the USA.

Pray for the immigrants that are in desperate situations and have no hope in their own homeland.

Pray for the children of these nations that are suffering and in need of desperate relief.

Pray that our government will come up with a solution that will meet the needs of immigrant labor and national security.

Mark Gonzales                                         Herman Martir
Founder, Hispanic Action Network          Founder, Asian Action Network


Children’s Version:

April 20 – Immigration: Travel Ban 

“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners,
because you were foreigners in Egypt.”
(Exodus 23:9; NIV)

A travel ban has been put in place to stop people from certain nations from entering America. We can walk in division as a nation because we may agree or disagree with this ban or we can humble ourselves and unite around the word of God. The best and wisest thing we can do is pray that His will is done. Exod 23:9 contains what appears to be both an intense and universal command.

And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness…..Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien— Because they do not fear Me,” Says the LORD of host (Mal 3:5).

Here God is placing those who turn away aliens (meaning people from another country) in the same category as exploiters and perjurers. He is promising to be a witness against them Himself and to bring judgment upon them! There were both harmless and dangerous aliens in the time of ancient Israel, just as there are now; yet this Scripture doesn’t seem to distinguish between them. We must be careful before touting our own strong opinions. It is relatively easy to lecture our children on what should be done in the area of immigration; it is much more laborious to spend time cultivating the fear of the Lord and for the rest of our lives, aligning our hearts with His, even before we fully understand His transcendent wisdom.

\Repent as a family for the sins of our nation in turning away aliens.  Bow before the Lord and ask for mercy upon us for being swift to disobey His clear word. Ask the Lord again to give us His heart for the strangers, alie, s and foreigners among us. Ask for hearts of compassion. Ask for ears to hear His voice and grace to repent where conviction occurs.

Ask our Good Shepherd (Psa 23:1) to supply many needs (Phil 4:19): Our government leaders need the heart of our Father God (2John 1:3) as never before.

– Our judges need the wisdom of the only Wise God (Rom 16:27) as never before.
– Immigrants and their children who are in desperate situations with no hope in their homeland need the power of our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13) as never before.
– Potential immigrants who mean to do us harm need the mercy (Isa 55:7) and deliverance (Matt 6:13) of God as never before.
– American people need the compassion (Exod 34:6 NASB) of God as never before.

Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.