Back to Top

Justice Prayers - May 12, 2021

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! - Romans 11:3

Escalating and war-like Violence in Israel and Palestine

Dozens have been killed in the last few days, during the season of Ramadan for Palestinians after weeks of skirmishes.  

Lord of Long Histories,

We pray for you Lord of Life to intervene and by your spirit diminish the will to dominate and retaliate that shape narratives for generations.   Equip your peacemaking people to speak boldly into this moment.   Protect the innocent and the children. We pray for the ability to name and see truth here, allowing your spirit to rebuke the injustice.  Instead of oppression and silencing, bring real peace, and a revelation of the way forward in these places.  Transform your creation by bringing all to your throne of mercy. 

Protests in Columbia

Protests over many interconnected issues but also in response to police violence and misconduct have taken form in Columbia.  We pray into the complex events unfolding.

To the One who Transforms,

We Pray for your Spirit to pray with us and your people in Colombia.  Bring a desire for accountability and deep reform to the ones with power in this region.  We pray for peace and provision in this time of deep financial insecurity.   Transform your creation by bringing all to your throne of mercy.   

A prayer of wonder and for wisdom 

A study led by the WWF has shown that forests amounting to the size of France have regenerated naturally in the last 20 years.  This is good news as these restored forests have the  potential to soak up more carbon dioxide emissions that than the US produces annually.   

Father of Creation, 

we stand in awe of the power of Your creation to sustain life and pray that collectively we will choose to protect from deforestation that often stems from food production needs.  The ecosystems you created are marvelous.  And beautiful!  Open our eyes to see how we must make changes to consumption habits so we can live within the world you’ve made.  We praise you for we and this whole world are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Guide us into your truth about your creation and transform us by bringing all to your throne of mercy.  

Becoming (part of) the Answer to our Own Prayers

We’re Hiring! Apply for the Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship

Our office is hiring! We’re looking for our Mobilizing and Advocacy Specialist. If you are interested in faith, policy, and social justice apply for our fellowship. The deadline to apply is May 21. Apply here!

The fellowship is a 1-year full-time paid position offered to recent college or university graduates. The fellow helps our office develop and assist in timely and effective advocacy and mobilizing strategies relating to selected issues of U.S. and Canadian policies, especially those that benefit communities impacted by injustice. They will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy and faith-based mobilizing.

Behind the Book: Stories that inspired 'Defending the Arctic Refuge'

Join us to hear the story of advocacy to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Author and professor Finis Dunaway will share the stories behind his latest book "Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice."  Register here.

The Reformed family is a diverse family with a diverse range of opinions. Not all perspectives expressed on the blog represent the official positions of the Christian Reformed Church. Learn more about this blog, Reformed doctrines, and our diversity policy on our About page.

In order to steward ministry shares well, commenting isn’t available on Do Justice itself because we engage with comments and dialogue in other spaces. To comment on this post, please visit the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue’s Facebook page (for Canada-specific articles) or the Office of Social Justice’s Facebook page. Alternatively, please email us. We want to hear from you!

Read more about our comment policy.