Prayer that Releases Justice
Our primary response to injustice is prayer, and if we want to see captives set free and righteous laws put in place, we must pray with persistence, in agreement with God’s will and in agreement with other believers.
Jesus promised in Luke 18 that justice would be seen on earth when God’s people cry out to Him night and day in prayer – in other words, when we pray with a relentless persistence that says, “I’m not giving up until justice comes!” The Apostle John said in 1 John 5:14-15 that if we ask anything “according to [God’s] will” then “we know that we have what we asked of Him.” Jesus said, “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them.”
In Daniel 10, Daniel fasted and prayed for his nation for 21 days. On day 21, a mighty angel appeared to Daniel and revealed that from the first day that Daniel set his heart to pray, his voice was heard in heaven and the angel was sent by God. The angel was resisted for 21 days by the “prince of Persia”, a demonic stronghold over the nation, but as Daniel persevered, another even mightier angel was sent to allow the first angel through with the revelation he brought to Daniel. All this was happening in an unseen realm because of the words of one man on the earth in prayer. When we pray, our voices are heard in heaven and, because of our words, angels are dispatched and darkness is pushed back over the nations.
Persistent, believing prayer, in agreement with the heart of God and other believers, is God’s chosen method for releasing justice on the earth. Your voice is heard in heaven and, because of your words, the breakthrough is coming!
How to Pray for Justice
Pray knowing that God delights in you, even in your weakness (Zeph 3:17, Isaiah 62:4-5), and pray knowing that He hears you and invites you to partner with Him through prayer.
Agreement with God
When you pray, the aim is to be in agreement with God – His word, His heart. Prayer is not us asking God to do something He hadn’t thought of – He knows the end from the beginning. We are not informing Him – His eyes see all things, the evil and the good. We are not convincing God of anything – it’s already in His heart to grant justice, but He has chosen to require our agreement before justice is released (see Ezekiel 22:30, 2 Chron 7:14), so that we grow in relationship and partnership with Him – we were made to rule and reign with Jesus.
The mystery of intercession
Intercession starts and ends with God Himself. The Father knows the plans He has – He has need of nothing, but has deep desires. In the mysterious glory of the Godhead, Jesus who ‘lives to intercede’ and does only what He sees in the Father’s heart, prays His Father’s will back to the Father in perfect agreement. The Holy Spirit, who dwells inside every believer, searches the deep things of God (the Father’s will and heart, and the desires and intercession of the Son) and reveals mysteries to our spirits, which is when we get the burden to pray. If (and only if) we will agree in prayer, by the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus, back to the Father then the conditions are met and the answer can be released.
Oh, how we need to learn to pray in agreement with God! We need discernment and sensitivity to the Spirit of God, and the easiest way to pray in agreement with God is to pray from His word. Using biblical prayers, you can be confident that you are praying “according to His will”!
Pray on your own and pray with others. Find like-minded believers who share your passion, and set your hearts to pray until justice comes. Here are some suggested prayers to get you started:
Prayer for the Church
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent…”
Father, I pray for Your people in Scotland, the beloved Bride of Christ. Let Your love abound in us more and more, and give us wisdom and discernment to approve the “excellent” things. Give us eyes to see what You are doing and responsive hearts as You call us to partner with You, that Jesus would be glorified in our nation.
Prayer for the Scottish Government
“..may the God of peace…make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight…”
God of peace, visit those in government in Scotland, those to whom You have granted authority. Give them great grace and strength to fulfill their call to lead in truth and righteousness and to do Your will as they debate and vote on legislation. Touch their hearts with revelation to know what is ‘well pleasing’ in Your sight, for the glory of Jesus’ name.
Prayer for captives to be set free
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
“…pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men…”
Father, let Your word – the truth about the value of every life and Your plan for every man, woman and child – let it ‘run swiftly’ across Scotland, and deliver captives into freedom in Christ, for His glory.