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Justice and Worship

Justice Prayers is a weekly post with 3-5 prayers addressing justice issues from around the world, sent straight to Do Justice subscribers' inboxes every Wednesday. 

Reflect, lament, pray, and incorporate God's ongoing narrative of justice for the vulnerable into your devotional life and congregational worship services.Forward them to your pastor for Sunday's congregational prayer, add them to your church bulletin, print them for use in small groups, or supplement your personal devotions.

See archives from before July 2021 here

Justice Prayers - New Years 2024

Lord, thank you for 2023.  I put my 2024 in your hands.  

As we exit 2023 we intentionally pray with gratitude for good news from this year.    

Dedicated to helping those fleeing from war, couple sponsors 11 Ukrainians

When Russia invaded Ukraine, countless Americans watched the images of war in horror. But for one couple in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the conflict hit close to home in a number of ways. 

Justice Prayers - Christmas 2023

“The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” - John 1: 6 

 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14: 27

Prince of Peace,

This Christmas we cannot pretend that all is well on planet earth. This Christmas we dare not. And yet this is the time and the place where you meet us all - in the dark with a flicker of flame that defies every force of death. 

Justice Prayers - December 13, 2023

Blessings to you as you reflect on hope during advent.  "But the needy will not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed." - Psalm 9:18 NLT 

Justice Prayers - December 6, 2023

Let us dare to test God's resources.  Let us ask him to kindle in us, and to keep aflame that passion for the impossible, that God might make us delight in it with him, because God doesn't find anything impossible. Nor should we.  And we delight in it with him until the day we shall see it by his grace transformed into fact.  - Lilias Trotter

Justice Prayers - November 29, 2023

The only way to survive the waves is to keep the beat of your heart in rhythm with the One who walks on water.  - Ann Voskamp 

Justice Prayers - November 22, 2023

Perspective is everything.  It changes what we see.  You can't see what you're not looking for, and the vantage point from which you see something can determine your perspective.  When it comes to our experience of God, the eyes of faith are capable of seeing an entirely different world than the same et of eyes looking at the same thing.  - Syd Hielema and Aaron Baart

Justice Prayers - November 15, 2023

May I give no ground to our true enemy, who 
seeks to choke out what is good and beautiful 
and tangle us with hatred and dissent. 
Keep my heart tender, yet strong 
to forgive as you have forgiven me. 
- Every Moment Holy

Updates from Israel-Gaza

Justice Prayers - November 8, 2023

God before and God behind, 
God for us and God for your own self, 
Maker of heaven and earth, 
creator of sea and sky, 
governor of day and night. 
Be our day and our night, 
our heaven and our earth, 
our sea and our sky, 
and in the end our true home.
- Walter Brueggemann 

Justice Prayers - November 1, 2023

"O Great Father of the sky above and the earth below, of the great waters and all that is in them," they prayed.  "Hear our cry!  - Acts 4:24 (FNV) 

Justice Prayers - October 25, 2023

My we help the helpless, comfort the mourner, sympathize with the widow and fatherless, and may we always be ready to put up with wrong, to be long-suffering, to be very patient, full of forgiveness, counting it a small thing that we should forgive our fellow-men since we have been forgiven by God.  - Charles Spurgeon 


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