On 3 June, the International Social Justice Commission hosted a prayer event in conjunction with The Salvation Army's Global Call to Prayer for Justice.
Commencing on 1 January 2011, The Salvation Army's then world leader, General Shaw Clifton, called constituents from around the world to "united, focused intercession in relation to the need for justice for the oppressed." The call to prayer was based on scripture from Luke 18: 7, 8: "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly."
Since then, Salvationists around the world have been gathering for prayer events and 24/7 prayer. Commissioner Christine MacMillan, Director of the ISJC, has written monthly prayer focus pieces, which can be found on this website. Building on Old Testament examples, Commissioner MacMillan outlines how prayer is a starting point for dealing with injustice: "The Salvation Army prays with hearts lifted up to God and hands outstretched ready to go to work. Crying day and night is a starting point in carrying the frustrations of injustice to God's heart... The Salvation Army cries out to God; then with a determined purpose gets off its knees and goes to work."
One of the many prayer initiatives already completed was a prayer week at a local Salvation Army church in Orillia, Canada. One of the organizers of the week was Colonel Gwenyth Redhead. As she wrote in a blog at the beginning of the week: "We believe that God is going to do as much in us as through us, through this week+ of prayer." Her reflections from the end of the week seem to confirm this anticipation. At the end of the week, members of the Church spoke of "how their eyes and ears were opened to the cries of injustice all around us." Some of the prayer requests written on a prayer wall indicated a new determination to a practical response - one corps member requesting "that you will help me to not turn away when it is difficult to look at pain, suffering, injustice. Help me see where and how I can make a difference, and have the courage to do it."
As the last quote illustrates, the continuing challenge is to make these "prayers with feet" - leading to practical action to tackle issues of injustice both globally and locally.