Day 12

A Prayer for Justice to Prevail over Evil

from the Psalms for Prayer reading plan

Psalm 55:1-23

If you are reading these words, it means you spend at least some of your time online. And if you are anything like me, the immediacy and gravity of our access to what’s happening in the world can be dizzying and heartbreaking.

Just today, as I’m writing this, I see in the news that one country bombed another, and then other countries took sides, and leaders puffed out their chests promising swift resolve. Yesterday, I learned that two African American men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks without making a purchase. They were waiting on a third person to have a business meeting in that “third space.” The day before that, I read about a cancer diagnosis, a pastor falling from grace, and a lawsuit between a politician and an adult film star.

We live in a unique time in history, where information is free, global, and immediate. But how much tragedy and brokenness can a person absorb before he either breaks or goes numb? Were we designed to know as much as we do about what is happening all over the world? I know I often reach a point where my own heart feels the burdens of this world in a way that becomes a simple prayer: “Lord, come back soon.”

In today’s psalm, David prays from a posture of being overwhelmed by what is happening in the world around him, and how it is taking command of what is happening inside him. He is tired. The world is filled with injustice. The wicked seem to prosper. His own friends are betraying him. What is his prayer? Not to oversimplify, but if I were to boil it down, this prayer would be something on the order of, “Lord, make it stop.”

The hope of the gospel is that one day, all sickness, sorrow, injustice, war, famine, racial tension, infidelity, greed, betrayal, and political corruption will end. But until it does, until Jesus returns, He reminds us that in this life there will always be poverty and trouble (Mark 14:7; John 16:33).

So what do we do while we wait for the end of all injustice and poverty? We make it part of the cry of the soul. Praying for justice to prevail over evil, as David models for us, is an important part of actually doing something with our lives to push back against the darkness. This discipline in prayer lifts our gaze from ourselves and makes us look beyond ourselves to the world we inhabit. It draws from us a new prayer: “Lord, work through me.”

Lord, come back soon. Lord, make it stop. Lord, work through me. Amen.

Written by Russ Ramsey

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4 thoughts on "A Prayer for Justice to Prevail over Evil"

  1. Kevin says:

    Day 12: Lord work through me. What a posture of submission to our God. In the midst of the crazy that is earth. A. Earth that is not as it should be, I pray we have this heart of submission to our God to be used to build his kingdom. Good of evil. Light over dark. We have a role to play in that. God is good and I trust that. I pray that my actions and responses to situations of the world reflect that.

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  3. Bret says:

    This was a really well written devotion.

  4. Melissa Crysler says:

    I have been treated unfairly by coworkers and bad managers at my past 3 important jobs in the past two years and separated from my daughter, lived with my sister and her abusive boyfriend, have been depressed and desperate for help and have found none and then my daughter gets arrested and I have begged attorneys, the governors office and GUTS church in Tulsa and am seeking unemployment just to get my phone turned on and am living with a friend whose husband is also abusive to her. I am living in hell with little comfort and tried EVERYTHING I can possibly think of. Could you PLEASE pray for me? My name is Melissa Crysler in Tulsa

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