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BONUS BLOG: 1st of 5 Prayers

June 5, 2020

Liz Auld, writing for, gives us five “prayers for justice in the midst of injustice.”

I offer them here, slightly edited for brevity and inclusion, as starting points —

  1. A Prayer for Acknowledgement in the Midst of Injustice

God, sometimes I think the most infuriating thing about injustice is the absence of the acknowledgment of wrong.

I think of times I have read the Gospel accounts of Jesus in your Word, and the frustration I have felt when reading about the wicked-hearted among the Pharisees and Sadducees, the crowd that chose Barabas, and the Roman soldiers who carried out their orders without thinking about the injustice. I wanted them to know that what they were doing was wrong.

No one knows the depths of injustice better than you God. Lord, I know acknowledgment will not fix everything but it’s a step in the direction of truth.

Lord, I’ve seen videos of police officers humbly taking a knee, hugging protesters and even praying with them — thank you for that. Thank you that many police, government officials, and everyday citizens are acknowledging a need for change. May this acknowledgment continue globally and may it be followed up with action.

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, so that we may see people the way you see people, and help us to love people the way you love people.

May we look at every circumstance through your lens Lord, a lens of truth, love, grace, and mercy.

In your name Jesus we pray, amen.

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