Prayer for Seeking Justice–Psalm 7
[Before you begin, ask God to open your heart and humble your Spirit]
“O Lord, my God, I come to You for protection now;
rescue me and save me from all who pursue me,
or else like a lion they will carry me off
where no one can save me,
and there they will tear me to pieces.
O Lord, my God, if I have wronged anyone,
if I have betrayed a friend
or without cause done violence to my enemy—
if I have done any of these things—
then let my enemies pursue me and catch me,
let them cut me down and kill me
and leave me lifeless on the ground!
Rise in Your anger, O Lord!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies;
rouse Yourself and help me!
After all, justice is what You demand.
Bring together all the peoples around You,
and rule over them from above.
You are the Judge [and Jury] of all people.
Judge in my favor, O Lord;
You know that I am innocent.
You are a righteous God;
judge our every thought and desire.
Stop the wickedness of evildoers
and reward those who are good.
You, Lord, are my Protector;
You save those who obey you.
You are a righteous Judge,
always condemning the wicked.
If they do not change their ways,
You, Lord, will sharpen Your sword.
You will bend Your bow and make it ready;
taking up Your deadly weapons
and aiming the burning arrows below.
See how wicked people think up evil;
they plan trouble and practice deception.
But in the traps they set for others,
they themselves get caught.
So they are punished by their own evil
and are hurt by their own violence.
I thank You, Lord, for Your mighty justice;
I sing praises to You, the Most High, forevermore.
[Prayer for Justice adapted from Psalm 7.]
When you pray this prayer, what do you hear God saying to you?