The international Salvation Army is being called to prioritise prayer, specifically for justice on behalf of women and girls.
In every context of injustice females suffer most. Globally, women do three times more unpaid care work than men. The gap is largest in Northern Africa and Western Asia, but it exists in every region. Globally one in two women who are murdered are murdered by a male partner or family member. 71 per cent of all trafficking victims globally are females.
Our hearts anguish to see the images and read the headlines. We cry out for justice in the streets, and before God in prayer.
We cry for justice because of the image of God in every human being, the God revealed in Jesus Christ, the One who loves justice, and works justice for all the oppressed (Psalm 33:5; 103:6).
Will you join us in seeking justice together, by crying out to God in prayer for justice in the earth, following the example of the persistent widow as described by Jesus? ‘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?’ (Luke 18:7 NIVUK)
You may find these resources helpful as you reflect on these issues.
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4: Education for all
SDG 5: Gender equality
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry innovation and infraestructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
- ‘How to Pray for Justice’ from 24/7 Prayer
- ‘In Focus: Women and the Sustainable Development Goals’ from UN Women
Here is a space to talk about the issues behind this call, how you are hearing God's voice, and how you are feeling called to respond. Share with us any Bible verses or other resources that you find useful.