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The God of True Justice

What does “Social Justice” mean? It seems to mean certain people groups cannot be guilty of crimes in America. They are given passes because of existing cultural biases.

But Scripture declares every one of us is a criminal. No one is innocent, we’re accountable to a just God. We’re all guilty of breaking His law.

Good News: forgiveness is offered to anyone who repents and seeks Him. When I ask for a pardon, my Creator pays my debt and asks me to forgive others in the same way.

None of us has the responsibility to exact justice from another human. We seek revenge, but God judges justly. Justice is God’s domain.

One day the books will be perfectly balanced.

Help me point others to the only righteous Judge.

AMEN

Scripture: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23

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God of Public Declaration

When Messiah was crucified on a cross, naked before the world, You publicly declared Your love for all mankind. The price of our rebellion hung on full display before a mocking and degenerate humanity. For three days death and fear reigned.

Then, Your Majesty on full display, You defeated the darkness and proclaimed hope to a hopeless world for all who would accept Your grace.

Is it possible to have a “private faith”? Can my salvation be hidden from sight until You come and rescue me? Can I, like Peter, cower in fear and proclaim publicly, “I never knew Him”?

Give me the courage to let my faith shine brightly in this depraved world. May I stand unbowed before the world’s most evil authorities.

AMEN

Scripture: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

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Conqueror of Sin and Death

It seems impossible to believe that anyone would demand to be known publicly by their failures. It is surely madness that demands that we identify others by their cruelest and most disgusting traits. But today people boast of their vilest attributes…parade about proudly proclaiming their allegiance to Satan and his demons.

Proud of their defiance of the Creator…mocking their only hope of salvation, declaring virtue, sin, and immorality as their chosen path…they march into eternal judgment defiant to the last day.

I bow before Your heavenly throne crying out for justice, but with a broken heart and tears of sorrow staining my face…give me and my brothers a voice in these final days. May repentance sweep our land. Rescue us from the folly of our own arrogance.

AMEN

Scripture: “Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.” Romans 1:32

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Fearsome Avenger

Many do not like to consider Your avenging justice.  We prefer to think of You as kind, gentle, patient and forgiving…and all of those descriptions are true.

But we are told that on the day of Your judgement those willfully ignoring the consequences of their foolish choices…ignoring Your warnings of a coming Judgement Day…will discover too late that grace has run its course and justice will reign in its place. We are told that “every knee shall bow” to Christ. If I’ve chosen to mock His sacrifice today…tomorrow my stubborn pride will be forced to submit to His authority.  What follows is an eternity of punishment for my foolish arrogance and willful blindness.

Empower me to speak convincingly of the way of escape from the consequences of my pride.

AMEN

Scripture: “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”  Romans 2:5

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Source of All Truth

In our foolish arrogance, we continually challenge You and deny the absolute truth of our need for rescue from the darkness that claims each of us.

Thank You for revealing my need for the cross and Your promise to lift me from darkness to light when I cried out to You and acknowledged my need. Today’s narrative blinding us, is our insistence that we are good enough to merit heaven without Your intervention. We are certain we owe no debt for our disregard for You. The undeniable truth is that our pride overcomes our willingness to seek Your help…denial comes easier and we refuse to humble ourselves before the cross.

Help me elevate Your truth above the false narrative. We are hopeless without You!

AMEN

Scripture: “For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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Lord of All Knowledge

Author of all history and all future, thank You for being an integral part of my life. It is a great comfort to know that the author of the future holds me securely in the palm of His hand.
Confident in my eternity, absolutely nothing can shake me.

Help me live and share this truth with all those around me lost in darkness and despair, knowing only fear of tomorrow. Without hope, so many are blinded to the truth by a world shrouded in darkness.

You are the light of the world and the darkness shall not prevail because darkness hides from the light. The lies and depravity that survive only in the darkness cannot withstand exposure to the power of truth. Make me a bright spotlight.

AMEN

Scripture: “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love…nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God…” Romans 8:38-39

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Healer of the Blind

You have restored sight to the blind…but I fear You won’t restore sight to the willfully blind. Your word says that those who see the truth but suppress it You give them over to their foolishness.

America has rejected You and Your Son and exchanged it for the wisdom of men…and we’re in real trouble. We are depraved and embracing darkness. Please don’t leave us in this dark and dangerous place. We are hopeless without You. Send the light of Your salvation across this land. Awaken Your people to the ever-growing threat of eternal hopelessness and empower us to stand in the gap for truth and righteousness.

Give me the boldness and the wisdom to speak Your truth into the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” Romans 1:28

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Source of True Justice

We are mourning in America because of the brokenness and deaths caused by the dangerous drugs being smuggled into our country.

Our government seems indifferent to this life-and-death crisis. Every lost life is a tragedy…thousands of lost lives is the treacherous act of people so evil it is impossible to imagine the depth of their depravity. It seems we have abandoned any serious commitment to stop the flow of drugs. This drug invasion at our southern border is destroying our young people.

Your Prayer Warriors cry out today…please bring Your righteous judgment to bear on this evil. From Beijing to Mexico City to DC and all points in between, may we hear all those responsible begging for Your mercy. Restore justice in America.

AMEN

Scripture: “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written: ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

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Author of Right and Wrong

I lift this prayer grateful that You loved me enough to provide a healthy path for my life, and guidelines protect me from the darkness and deceit that threatens mankind with eternal hopelessness.

February 4, 2004 is the day darkness won…the day Facebook was launched and social media was born. The enticement of social media notoriety and the potential to generate virtual “friends” has become so strong a magnet it has drained humanity of virtue and normalized evil behavior. As Silicon Valley’s grip on public discourse has grown, so has the glorification of the evil intent of the human heart.

Without Your truth mankind is easily deceived and lost for eternity. Please give Your children discernment and the courage speak truth into the lies that are entrapping so many. Use me.

AMEN

Scripture: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Romans 1:18

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Father of my Salvation

It is a mystery…those born to privilege, born only once, will surely die. But even the lowly born…born twice will live forever.

I am so grateful for Your gift of my second birth. Lowly born and truly undeserving of Your rescue, I called to You and I was born a second time. This time into Your eternal family.

Now I live each day secure in Your love. And when I fall, which I surely do…the moment I ask You set my feet back on solid ground.  Our fellowship is never in doubt.

Father, so many around me today are blinded by the enemy, imprisoned seeming far from Your love…don’t abandon them in their lostness…touch them with Your love. Use me, give me courage to speak.

AMEN

Scripture: “How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?”  Romans 10:14

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