in-ter-ces’sion (noun): – “the action of pleading on someone’s behalf”.
Intercessory prayer is our responsibility to stand in the gap on behalf of the poor, the broken, the hopeless and the lost and to pray for God’s mercy to restore and transform, to make right what is wrong (Luke 18:7).
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Scripture calls us to pray for social justice issues (Isa. 58:6-7, Matt. 25:34-40, Luke 4:18-19) until God brings healing, restoration and transformation (Isa. 62:7). However, social justice will not be achieved by prayer alone.
If we pray for social justice, we will find ways of working for social justice.
That is the best “amen” to our prayer.
~ Etienne Piek ~
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
protect the rights of those who are helpless.
Speak out and pronounce a sentence of justice,
defend the cause of the wretched and the poor.”
~ Proverbs 31:8-9
Praying for social justice means praying for all the people involved:
- The people who experience injustice – people who are poor, people who are unemployed, people in rural and remote areas, people who experience discrimination because of race, religion, gender, disability or sexuality, and so on. Also people in less developed countries.
- The people who cause injustice. They may act in many different ways, from committing overt violence to opposing attempts to prevent exploitation or reduce poverty.
- The people who have the power to change the situation – government, community groups (including churches), unions, business.
- The local community – our attitudes affect what actions politicians and others take to remedy injustices.
Governments of other nations, and international government and business organizations, who influence “globalization”.
- The church agencies and community organizations who lobby for more just policies and actions.