A Child’s Prayer For Justice

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Today’s blog post won’t be my words, but my 12 year old daughter’s.

Before I tuck my kids into bed, we always take time praying together. Last night before she went to sleep I asked her, “Can you pray for the situation our country is in right now, and I’ll pray after you?”

I was so moved by her prayer that I jotted it down practically verbatim afterwards so I wouldn’t forget. Just as it gave me hope and encouragement in today’s climate of inequality, I pray it will do the same for you.

Dear God,

I pray for all people to realize that they were created equally by God, and no one is better than anyone else.

I pray for people to know that Jesus died for all of us, and loves all of us the same.

I pray that our black friends and family are safe, and that we can support them.

I pray that God gives them hope and they know people are fighting for them.

I pray that the police who are doing bad things will stop hurting people and do what’s right.

I pray that the good police will help.

I pray that the government will make the right changes to help black people in our country and treat them fairly.

I also pray they will make changes to help the police and hold them accountable for what they do.

I pray that all Christians will pray and do something to help.

I pray that everyone will do something to help.

In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

If a child has a heart for justice, we can too.
If a child can pray for progress, we can too.
If a child can use her voice, we can too.

These were her words to God… and to all of us.

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