These are the real names of a few real girls kidnapped at gunpoint and taken into what promises to be a life of abuse and enslavement.
No matter how little coverage this story got at first through US media outlets, the democratization of news through social media forced the traditional outlets to recognize this story. Put too simply, the fact that #bringbackourgirls is trending means that it’s on the news now.
On April 15, trucks pulled into a boarding school parking lot and armed men loaded 230 girls onto those truck and drove away into the forest. And yes, I agree that had these girls be from any of many other countries in the world, there would have been immediate coverage and unbelievable outrage. I am sad that we took so long to care this much.
And while I want the right people taking appropriate action to solve this specific crime and rescue these specific girls, I’m convinced that for most of us our very best active response is prayer.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
—Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)
I’m not talking about what that often means—a sentence or two tagged onto a regular expression of predictable petition voiced repeatedly. I’m talking about actually believing that God is who He says He is and that He is on mission to reconcile all of creation back to Himself. I’m talking about knowing with certainty that our schemes and initiatives, our hash-tag outrage and strategic responses only have value when they are aligned with Him. I’m talking about remembering again and voicing again the truth that we are fully dependent on His strength, His love, His justice.
I’m not as good at praying these kinds of prayers as I want to be. Prayercast exists to activate victorious, world-changing prayer and worship through mass media and the arts to advance the gospel to the masses. This is their video prayer for Nigeria.
Let’s start here.