I pray for justice. I pray that people of color will be treated in a just and righteous way. There is no reason for anything less other than bigoted, ungodly, racial prejudice. I wish that we would all live justly toward those who are of a different color of skin.
I pray for justice. I pray that officers of the law who are required to act justly as they enforce justice would be treated justly both by the press and by individuals, even those individuals who have been unjustly treated. I wish that we would all treat officers with the respect they deserve because of the very difficult work that they do.
I pray for justice. I pray that God-ordained human government would hold elected officials to the same standards of truth and honor that every other citizen is expected to maintain. I wish that those who break the law would face the repercussion of their criminal actions.
I pray for justice. I pray that God’s people would be outraged when any of these types of injustice take place. When one side of the aisle is outraged about a certain injustice but is wiling to overlook another display of injustice, I tend to doubt that person is really concerned about justice.
What I am praying for is that God would give us his perspective on our situation. We need the ability to see things, as he seems them, not as they strike our fancy, or aid and abet our personal agenda, or facilitate our political druthers. We need to see our problems as God sees our problems.
I want to live in a land where faithfulness abounds like sweet corn in mid August. Where people are faithful to their marriage vows. Where parents are faithful to their sacred callings. Where children are faithful to carry on the mantle passed down from previous generations. Where pastors are faithful to preach the word and congregations are faithful to hear and do. Where human government is faithful to written law and where written law continues to reflect natural law. Where citizens are faithful as law-abiding people.
I want to live in a land where God rains his righteousness down on us so all these things can happen. Where revival comes through masses repenting of their sins and placing faith in Christ so that the righteousness of Christ might be freely theirs. Where righteous actions characterize leadership and the gentle mist of God’s providential goodness falls on us in the form of such leadership. Where churches and church members pursue righteousness because they are pursuing Christ, the Righteous One.
Lord God, for Jesus’ sake, please do a work of righteous grace in our midst. In this difficult, confusing, frustrating, dangerous, and laughable political season, rain down in your faithfulness and save us from our unrighteous selves. Thank you for the faithful gift of righteousness in your only Son, the righteous Jesus Christ. Through him, make us righteous people who do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. And now, as in all things and at all times, may Jesus have the preeminence since we can only come to you in his name and for his name’s sake. Amen.
Psalm 85:8–13 (ESV)
8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.