Last month, Impact Team Leader Wilson Beare shared his thoughts with the Urban Saints team on how to encourage young people to prioritise justice in their lives. As part of our recent 24/2 Prayer event, we asked Wilson to consider how we might pray for young people to live justly...
‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’ (Micah 6:8)
In the Bible, Justice is primarily a relational term. It is about being deeply concerned with someone’s story and narrative. There are three parts to this story that we must endeavour to hold in balance to live out lasting, life-changing, world-changing Justice.
There are over 2000 references in Scripture to the poor, needy, oppressed and justice. This is very much on the heart of our Heavenly Father which means this is not something we simply do, it’s who we are!
Consider reading... Isaiah 58 (True Fasting)
What type of worship is God calling us to?
Pray as are young people study the God story they are caught up in God's heart for justice.
We must immerse ourselves in the story of injustice that we might allow God opportunity to break our hearts for the things that ore on His.
Pray for the future of overseas opportunities in Urban Saints which provide an opportunity for leaders and young people to come face to face with injustice and poverty and allow that to become part of their own story as God impresses upon their hearts what is on His.
We don’t have to go around the world to experience this pray that we are in tune to God's heart for justice as we read the news, see the lonely at school, walk past the homeless and as we are moved by the oppression of others.
Pray that young people everyday are receptive to the justice happening around them each day.
It must move from the heart to action; it must make a difference.
Pray that as our hearts are moved God would grant us creativity in our thinking and a resolve in our spirits to make a difference both at home and afar.
Pray that, as we come to realise that the biggest challenge to justice is our own comfort, we all become a bit more uncomfortable.
Pray that our young people have a determination and commitment to tell the story of others to 'Be a voice!'... The Bible says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)
Wilson Beare - Impact Team Leader, Ireland
Looking to dig further into this subject with a group of young people?
Why not check out the new 'Act Justly' series on Energize. If you are not already a subscriber, you can get 30 days free access to try it out!