Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17
God is just. God loves justice. When he asks his people to learn to do what is right, he tells them to “seek justice.” Part of God’s vision for what justice looks like is for his people to “Take up the cause of the fatherless.” As we begin this journey of taking up the cause of the fatherless in prayer, I’m reminded of the story Jesus told about the persistent widow and what it tells us about the intersection of prayer, justice and persistence. I believe it’s a fitting passage to reflect on as we commit to be persistent in prayer for the orphans of this world:
“Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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 18:1-8
Prayer: God, we commit to “take up the cause of the fatherless” – to seek your justice for the orphan in prayer. Jesus, today we commit to being persistent in our request, and we commit to being open to how you will move us during this season of prayer. God, today we ask for a demonstration of your kindness to the 163 million children living as orphans in the world. Defend them from their adversaries. God we know that you are not only the Just Judge, but a Loving Father. It’s in your name, Jesus, that we pray, Amen.