“There are people out there getting by with murder—stealing and lying and cheating.
They steal from the orphan and exploit the unfortunate, push the helpless into the ditch, bully the weak so that they fear for their lives.
The poor, like stray dogs and cats, scavenge for food in back alleys.
They sort through the garbage of the rich, eke out survival on handouts.
Homeless, they shiver through cold nights on the street; they’ve no place to lay their heads.
Exposed to the weather, wet and frozen, they huddle in makeshift shelters.
Nursing mothers have their babies snatched from them; the infants of the poor are kidnapped and sold.
They go about patched and threadbare; even the hard workers go hungry.
No matter how backbreaking their labor, they can never make ends meet.
People are dying right and left, groaning in torment.” – Job 24:2-11
Job is the oldest book in the Bible. Clearly injustice against the orphan has been a perplexing problem for a long time. Today when we look at the numbers – 163,000,000 orphans in the world – it can be a little overwhelming and hard to take in. Yet we pray and hope for justice for each one. We pray and hope for more adoptions and more holistic care. We pray and hope for more people to take up the cause of the fatherless.
The quote in Job ends basically by saying, “but God doesn’t do anything about this injustice.”
Frederick Douglass said this about his prayers for justice, “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Or as another often used anonymous quote says,
“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.”
“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”
“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.”
We believe prayer changes things. We believe your prayers over the last 6 weeks have made a difference. But we’ve heard from many of you, that the biggest difference it’s making is in you; that you are being called to some action. Not everyone is called to adopt, foster, volunteer in an orphanage or as a CASA. But we are all called to the orphan in some way; be it to pray, to give, to encourage an adoptive or foster family, to serve… How will you ‘pray with your legs?’
Prayer: Father, thank you for this experience of praying for the orphan. Thank you for what you’re teaching us about your heart for all of your children. God, we trust that you are moving in response to our prayers. We also open ourselves to how you want to move in us. Guide us to action. We will follow you and do only what we see you doing. Give us strength and courage, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
We have one more prayer coming tomorrow. We’d love to hear your experience and what God is doing in you. We’d also ask you to please let us know how we can serve you in whatever step you feel called to take next. Comment or shoot us an email.