APRIL PRAYER FOCUS

From death to life

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And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that ‘they' get justice, and quickly.'

Luke 18:7

 

As we reflect this month on the death and Resurrection of Jesus, perhaps we can consider the arrest and trial of Jesus as the ultimate injustice.

Courts of law will never set captives free through punishment, retribution or distorted forms of truth. The death penalty that Jesus endured leads us to ask, ‘How often is pure innocence corrupted through the guilt of popular lies?'

Mob mentality escalates with anger and heated words becoming violent action ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!' As we witness Jesus on trial, consider the faith values he embodied while becoming a target for violence. The injustices of our world are often visited upon the innocent - the vulnerable, the voiceless.

Forgive us Lord when ‘our' evil is stronger than goodness; ‘our' hate is stronger than love;
‘our' darkness is stronger than light; and 'our' lies are stronger than truth.

Help us Lord to fight the confusion of injustice, and the anger, tension and bitterness of our bewilderment as we confront the stark suffering in our world.

‘God's good earth is scarred. Too many people die preventable deaths.
Too few people share in the abundance of creation.
There is too much vulnerability.
There is too little opportunity.
There is too much in the hands of too few.
There is too little in the stomachs of too many.
There is too much injustice.
There is too little justice - for all.'
Dr Don Posterski

If our cry to God this month appears unrehearsed and incomplete - without specific justice issues - it's because we stand with Christ in the midst of the world, on a hill as the battle storm gathers, waiting to hear, ‘It is finished.'

Lord, forgive us for wanting resurrection without being shaken by crucifixion. Lord, help us discover what is not finished in our work for justice, as we lift our passionate pleas with relentless efforts to trust the Lord of salvation to lead us into the tombs of an unfinished world.

 

 

social justiceM. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner
Director
The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission

 

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