Working for God's purposes
Week beginning: 2nd December, 2018 | By James Brightwell | London
"I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy."Psalm 140:12 (NIV)
The Psalmist prays to the Lord for help in keeping him safe from the hands of the wicked. He knows that it is part of God's character to protect His people and that one of the ways He does this is in securing justice for those who know they are dependent on Him.
Knowing that our Father secures justice for His people, we pray that He will use us to help Him fulfil this purpose in the world. For some lawyers, such as those working directly to serve the disadvantaged, God's purpose in their work may at times be very clear. All of us, however, should pray that He may use our work and our professional relationships to his greater glory and all the more so when it may not be immediately apparent where our day-to-day work may fit into that purpose.
Having expressed his great fears, David shows confidence that he is heard and so he can pray with assurance that the plans of the wicked do not succeed (Psalm 140:8). We also can be confident that God will use us for His purposes if we are faithful, and we should therefore not be afraid to let others know of this confidence so that it is a witness to them.
1. Pray for God's guidance for all those involved in the administration of justice, and that we may be aware of His greater purposes as we do our work.
2. Pray for the LCF's CLEAR partnerships, seeking to bring justice to the developing world.