Prayer Focus: April 2012

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Released 21 March 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.

Luke 18:7

As we reflect this month on the death and resurrection of Jesus perhaps we can consider the arrest and trial of Jesus as the ultimate injustice.

Courts of law will never set captivity free through punishment, retribution or forms of truth. The death penalty on the head of Jesus has us ask the question, ‘When is pure innocence corrupted through the guilt of popular lies?’

Mob mentality escalates with anger in heated words becoming violent action, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” As we witness Jesus on trial consider the faith values he embodied becoming a target for violence. The injustices of our world are often visited upon the innocent — the vulnerable, the voiceless.

Forgive us Lord when ‘our’ — evil is stronger than goodness; hate is stronger than love; darkness is stronger than light; and lies are stronger than truth.

Help us Lord to fight the confusion of injustice, the anger, tension, bitterness of our confusion as we confront with the stark suffering in our world.

“God’s good earth is scarred.
Too many people die preventable deaths.
Too few people share in the abundance of creation.
There is too much vulnerability.
There is too little opportunity.
There is too much in the hands of too few.
There is too little in the stomachs of too many.
There is too much injustice.
There is too little justice — for all.”

Dr. Don Posterski

If our cry to God this month appears unrehearsed — without specific justice issues — then with Christ we stand in the midst of the world, on a hill as the battle storm gathers to hear, “It is finished.”

Lord, forgive us for wanting resurrection without being shaken by crucifixion. Lord, help us discover what for us is not finished in our work for justice, as we lift our passionate pleas with relentless efforts to trust the Lord of salvation to lead us into the tombs of an unfinished world.

M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner

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