Praying And Working For Justice

“Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart……Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”” Luke 18:1, 7-8 NET


Prayer pleases God. I suppose because it draws us into fellowship with Him. Some argue He knows all things, so He doesn’t need our prayers. Yet God invites us to pray and even commands us to pray, warning us that He will look for those who pray upon His return. What prayer is God looking for? Prayer for justice. This would include righteousness. It is perhaps best summarized in the prayer that His kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Is this our constant prayer? The greatest injustice to humanity is that which keeps people from knowing and thus worshipping and obeying the One True God. Muslim nations like Iran and Saudi Arabia try to keep people from Jesus. Communist countries like China and North Korea try to keep people from Jesus. Even American companies, politics, and education seek to keep Christians from making disciples in the workplace. Injustice has shown its ugly head among us in these places, too. Do we fear losing our jobs by identifying with Jesus? If so, injustice abounds. What are we to do? Pray for justice while working to see it happen on earth as it is in heaven, for the answer to our prayers will come through the unashamed of Jesus who do not love their lives so much that they shrink from death or unemployment.

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