A Prayer for Justice

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that my weekly article finds You well and healthy. I hope that Your families are fine and that You are not too badly hit by recent events. I know of families who have lost everything over the Covid lock-down and others who have thrived. Life is not fair but God is good.

This week I would like You to think of how You can be more just. Also to think of how You can support others who are striving for justice.

Romans 12:19 is clear: Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Leave vengeance to God, as He will find a way to right wrongs and deal with perpetrators. But does that mean that fighting for justice in our lives is a waste of time?

Not at all.

Jesus was clear about human law in Matthew 5:17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Therefore We can presume that where a wrong or multiple wrongs have been perpetrated in the eyes of the law and the perpetrator is yet to be brought to justice, it is our duty to intercede and assist the authorities if We can do so.

There is plenty of evil in this world. Just recently my eldest daughter and I watched the first couple of series of Narcos on Netflix. Although the series is not wholly historically accurate it certainly covers the main points about Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror in Colombia, from the perspective of the US DEA. There are people alive today who behave in the same way, sewing fear and engaging in acts of terrorism against innocents. There are those who are too scared to go to the police to inform about them – others who have family caught up in the evil. Let us pray for them that they find strength and that the authorities reject corruption and political bias within their own ranks to deliver justice for innocents.

The horrific case of the Manchester Arena bombing, brought to the fore again this past week when the brother of the bomber decided he could not muster enough courage to listen to witness and family statements, is another example of sheer evil. Of course the brother should have been brought to justice. It must have been easier for the families of victims not to show up in court. They were there, seeking justice. The Devil is a coward. The brother failed to show up, yes, and yet a sentence was handed to him that had justice written all over it. Justice on earth is what the Devil fears most and We must all work to ensure it.

I wish You all well this Sunday and I pray that You have a relaxing day. Think please of how You can be more just in Your life. God Bless.

Lord of justice and mercy,
both strong and loving,
creator of the earth and humankind,
we praise you for your omnipotence
and we thank you for your presence in our lives.
Lord, we ask that you teach us to love our neighbour,
so that we may obey your commands.
We ask that you teach us to have compassion
for our neighbours who may be different from us,
so that we truly understand what it is to love.
We ask that you give us strength to speak for those
who cannot speak for themselves.
Lord, we wish to do your will:
to promote justice and live faithfully.
We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
Amen.