Today’s Prayers:

1. A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE:

Father, show me the injustice and oppression in my life and sphere of influence. I ask that you show me one specific person or situation where I can make a difference, and I ask for the courage and wisdom to step into that place.

2.  A PRAYER FOR MY CHURCH:

Lord, I ask that you would use my church as a source of justice, hope, and healing for the people who are currently a part of it, and for those we haven’t yet reached.  Specifically I pray for our leaders of care ministries as they provide hope and healing to those that are grieving, stuck in addictions, spiritually oppressed, and questioning.  I pray that people would find wholeness and freedom through these ministries.

3.  A PRAYER FOR THE KINGDOM:

God, today I pray against injustice in our city and across your entire creation. I ask that you would set free the oppressed and victimized and bring hope, mercy, and justice to them.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 72:1-14

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.

2. May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.

4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.

5 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.

6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
    May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him gifts.

11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.