Released 17 January 2012
A day and night cry for Justice
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
I tell you, he will see that ‘they’ get justice, and quickly.
Joining Jesus in intercession invites us to come together as a global family praying the prayers of justice. Our prayers trumpet Jesus’ vision for freedom…freedom from ‘life-destroying’ vulnerabilities and freedom for ‘life-promoting’ opportunities.
Pray against the oppressive injustice that denies life.
Freedom from ‘life denying’ vulnerabilities
Poverty and oppression
Violence and discrimination
Exclusion and voicelessness
Pray for justice that values life.
Freedom for ‘life promoting’ opportunities
Dignity for all people
Protection for the vulnerable
Including the excluded
Enabling the exploited
Choices for the disenfranchised
Safe and civil society
Education and healthcare
Gender equality and right relationships
Sustainable economic opportunity
As people who pray for God to bring about justice, we are praying for a presence of freedom and abundance.
Let us not pray through a word list. Ask God to help us be the relationships that address vulnerabilities with possibilities for life resurrected.
The gospel is never one-sided – it never stands in isolation. It is a gospel that brings, proclaims, recovers and frees.
As we pray the testimony of Jesus from Luke 4:18-19, picture your prayer moving in and out of the domains of darkness and light.
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of light to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’.
Our longing for change is often found in the Psalms in a crying out to God. To ask for change God first changes us in pouring the spirit upon us.
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me’. Consider the areas where the Spirit releases an ignition of life as we cry out to God.
Oh Lord of all life, your is the earth and all that is in it,
Yours is the world and those who live in it.
We argue over politics while the poor go hungry.
For the sake of power and profit we oppress women and children.
We say we long for justice as long as it does not inconvenience ourselves.
We make declarations of unity while persecution continues for our sisters and brothers of faith.
Acting only when there are disasters whilst neglecting the daily work for peace.
M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner