But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
When thinking about such enormous problems as injustice, it can be hard to know where to start. IJM has four steps and four ways that the church can be involved. We will look at each of those over the next four days. Their first step is to rescue, and they ask the church to pray.
Amos lived in a time when the wealthy were exploiting the needy. They needed justice, but Amos recognized that justice could only come from God. So we pray with Amos that justice would roll down and righteousness would flow freely. Non-believing critics often insult Christians for praying about world problems. Their bards are two fold: first, they feel as though praying does nothing, and second, that we should do something. Action demonstrates our faith, but do not let these people fool you–praying is doing something.
We have access to the world’s most perfect Judge and justice system. When we pray, we are asking the One who is uniquely able to bring justice and fill the world with righteousness. Without His hand, neither of these things will ever happen. Prayer cannot be overrated as a strategy to combat evil in the world. For people to be rescued out of slavery, we must pray for local police, victims of trafficking and slavery, and the justice of God to rain down upon us. He cares more for victims of injustice than we ever could, so we ask Him to help.
- Do you pray for the enormous problems in the world? Why or why not?
- Why is prayer such an effective strategy?
- Pray that God would rescue people from human bondage and help them find freedom.