September 12, 2022

Prayer for Social Justice

Almighty God, you have created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Psalm 58

Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *

do you judge the peoples with equity?
No; you devise evil in your hearts, *

and your hands deal out violence in the land.
The wicked are perverse from the womb; *

liars go astray from their birth.
They are as venomous as a serpent, *

they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *

no matter how skillful his charming.
O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *

pull the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.
Let them vanish like water that runs off; *

let them wither like trodden grass.
Let them be like the snail that melts away, *

like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *

like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
And they will say,
“Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *

surely, there is a God who rules in the earth.”

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