Day 2
for her devotional series
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
— Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV

Yesterday I invited you to think back to your childhood. When I reflect back on my years growing up in Detroit, I remember the family that loved me, the community that surrounded me and the church that sheltered me. These were the people who fought for me – even when I fought against them! They shielded me from drugs, from being taken advantage of and from abuse – all things that I would eventually see so many of my beautiful friends be swallowed up by.

I was 16 when I first began singing professionally, and almost from the beginning I received letters from young girls who were looking for a safe place. They were looking for someone who would fight for them. And I told them, over and over, “God will fight for you.”

I believe the same thing today. God fights for vulnerable girls. And one of the main ways is through his people. He wants to use you, his daughter, to fight for these young girls. They want fullness of life, but the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy. But you are more powerful than that enemy.

God has given you a platform, and you must use your voice to speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Every woman, including you, carries influence. Whether that’s in your home with your children or spouse, with your classmates or co-workers, there are people in your life who need you. Who are influenced by you.

I want to invite you to watch this video about Júlia,* a young woman registered at a Compassion center in Brazil. Júlia was the definition of vulnerable – and the very people who should have fought for her didn’t. Until one day, someone saw her. Spoke up for her. Used their influence to fight for her.

Be inspired by Júlia’s story, and ask yourself, "Whom am I supposed to speak up for?" Are you a mom? God has given you a voice to speak up for those without mothers. Do you feel alone? Fight for the lonely! Have you experienced abuse? Fight for the vulnerable! Find your voice, sister, and use it!

Please remember, every platform comes with responsibility. When I was singing those songs, having a good time, I didn’t understand what it meant to those who were listening. People were watching me. People are watching you. Let them see Jesus.

Here's how you can pray for her, listen to her, and speak up for her today:

PRAY FOR HER: Father, I pray that you will reveal to me the person you are calling me to speak up for. Give me your wisdom as I seek to understand what that looks like. I ask for your strength to use my voice. I pray for the person you have laid on my heart, right now ...

LISTEN TO HER: Take a moment, if you haven’t already, to watch Júlia’s story. Think of her sister, who believed Júlia and fought for her. Of the Compassion staff who gave her a safe space to process what had happened to her. How can you be that for someone in your life right now?

SPEAK UP FOR HER: Know someone who needs to hear the message that God fights for the VULNERABLE? Share this devotional today!

Your Sister,

*name changed to protect privacy

CeCe Winans is a singer, songwriter, mother, pastor and advocate for women and girls around the world.