What the Bible says
“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy” (Psalm 140:12).
Jesus encourages us to be persistent in prayer, trusting that God will bring about justice.
He once told a parable of a grief-stricken widow whose parents-in-law evicted her from her home after her husband died. Left with nothing she went to the courts day after day to beg for justice from an unscrupulous judge.
Jesus’ hearers were familiar with the injustices that plunged widows and other vulnerable people into poverty, and with the immovability of those who were supposed to protect their rights. He told this parable to call on his followers to pray and to be persistent in prayer for justice. If a character as despicable as the judge will eventually respond to cries for justice, how much more can we expect God—the good and righteous judge—to “bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?” (Luke 18: 1-8)
Today, injustice and oppression are a plague on our world, and the poor in particular. Each year around 360,000 mothers die in childbirth or due to complications that arise from their pregnancy. Of these women, 99% come from developing countries. In Sub Saharan Africa, one in 31 women die from pregnancy and childbirth related causes; for women in wealthy countries like Australia, this figure is one in 4300.*
Prayer for those who are poor are marginalised must be a part of every Christian’s response to the injustice and oppression we see in our world. Please join with us to pray for our world, urging God to provide, to right injustice and enable people everywhere to live life to the full in Jesus’ name.
* World Health Organisation (2010) Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2008