A prayer for justice and healing using the Scriptures

Ten-year-old Genesis and her mother, Wendy, pray for their country, the planet, and for peace. Join us in prayer for justice in our hurting world using Scriptures. Use our guide to offer up intercessory prayers of lamentation, repentance, and restoration.

The Lord promises healing for the land when His people pray. Intercession that includes lament, repentance, and restoration is part of our biblical tradition. We invite you to use the following prayer guide on the journey to seek justice and healing for yourself and our nation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” —2 Chronicles 7:14

Lord, as we lament over injustice and repent of our sins, heal us.

“The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.” —Proverbs 11:1

Lord, we lament the many ways people are valued differently based on wealth, skin color, and other factors. Help us remember that You made every person in Your image and love each of us deeply.

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious LORD Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. … But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” —James 2:1, 9

Lord, we repent of the sin of favoritism — treating people based on appearances. Thank You for Your Word that corrects and sets us on the right path.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” —Luke 6:31

Lord, help us follow this simple command. Every. Single. Day.

“And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.” —Psalm 50:6

Lord, we humble ourselves in Your presence. Help us love mercy and act in ways that are just and right.

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” —Amos 5:24

Lord, imprint more of Your just character on our souls. Then we will see things like You do and treat every person in a way that honors You.

“… And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” —Micah 6:8

Lord, we long for the day when we will see justice rolling through our streets and neighborhoods. Amen.

Thoughts on justice:

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“God’s mill grinds slow, but sure.” —George Herbert

“Underneath all notions of justice is a set of faith assumptions that are essentially religious, and these are often not acknowledged.” —Tim Keller

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