Released 27 December 2011
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.
Does a New Year – a date in the calendar of time consider progress transition and new possibilities? We are not people mobilized by external changes. Our dependence is on a God whose date with mankind is a constant invitation. A ‘day and night’ God when not one second goes by without notice.
What then should be our focus of 2012’s Global Call to Prayer become? We have been crying out to God since January 2011. Have differences been noticed in our character; Salvation Army agenda; our world?
Perhaps our diet for prayer started out with servings on the milk of justice – looking, considering, pondering a strategy. Some of you may be reflecting with action and discovering that the walls of injustice are thick and stubborn.
This year our prayers will move from milk to meat. We want to move beyond issues and embrace the evil nature of injustice when behavioural choices fail to consider ethical leadership, ethical advocacy; ethical issues.
When Godly ethics which look like Jesus are not uppermost, efforts to address issues become ‘milk’ and not ‘meat’. They lack substance, depth and the need for confession.
This January Prayer focus becomes an opportunity to reflectively consider a conviction with courage. Prayerfully position yourself under the prophetic Isaiah references.
“When the Lord noticed that justice had disappeared, he became very disappointed.” Isaiah 59:15b
Lord, help me to notice what displeases you.
“I, the Lord love justice! But I hate robbery and injustice.” Isaiah 61:8a
What love and hate conflicts divide the world you find yourself in?
“No one has come to defend us or to bring about justice.” Isaiah 59:9
When do I spend time listening to the stories of the undefended?
“He sent me to give them flowers in place of their sorrow, olive oil in place of tears, and joyous praise in place of broken hearts. They will be called ‘Trees of Justice’ planted by the Lord”. Isaiah 61:3
Lord, plant me, root me with your gifts of response to sorrow, tears, broken hearts and injustice.
M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner