Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor
We usually think of prayer as the precursor to whatever work we’re planning to do for God. But what if prayer is also the work we must do? What if our time and effort is even better spent praying than doing?
As we think about Justice and learning to live justly, we need to understand that just living is about applying God’s values of equality, freedom, stewardship and flourishing to every area of our lives. Living justly is God’s design for us all. And prayer connects us with God’s heart for justice—to see his will being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Biblical justice is much more than punishing the wrongdoer. God’s idea of justice is all about us, as his children, recognizing the responsibility we have as caretakers of this world with which we’ve been entrusted. Justice, in God’s mind, is about us all being willing to put forth passionate effort, to even inconvenience ourselves, or perhaps do without so that life might be better for others, especially those who are the most vulnerable in our world.
God asks that those who claim to belong to him and know him, engage head-on the evils and problems in our world, but not without him. That’s where prayer comes in to play—and sometime prayer is the work we must do, the best work we can do.