An Intercessor Looks at Injustice
Analysis. A jury in liberal Washington, D.C. acquits a lawyer of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite clear and convincing evidence of guilt. The Majority Speaker of the U.S. House blocks a bill to provide additional security for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices on the very day an assassination plot against Justice Brett Kavanaugh is thwarted. A U.S. Senator rants against Supreme Court Justices without consequences while a Trump adviser is shackled and manacled on a contempt of Congress charge.
Injustice not only seems to be on the rise these days, it seems to rule and reign. From whence, I wonder, does this idea of justice and injustice come? Is it an echo of school yard days when children run to parents and teachers exclaiming, “It’s..she’s…he’s…not fair!” Is this sense of “fairness” born into us or bred into us?
Perhaps it is an imprint of our heavenly Father and an echo of that first place of human abode. For in the garden of Eden, all was right and just and fair, even as it was lovely and fruitful and lush. All was right because Adam and Eve were right with their Creator. They walked together and talked together with the Lord. This first human community knew only good.
Then temptation came and stole their innocence with a taste of the forbidden fruit. Losing innocence, man gained dreadful knowledge of evil. From that time, the world has spun into ever deepening knowledge of evil and injustice. And now, we have an America that can be so dark, one loses one’s footing.
Intercessors, whose very call is to walk and talk with the Lord, can especially slip as they come away from the beauty of the Holy Place to scan the ravages of the sin-scarred land. A funeral shroud can fall upon the heart. But the intercessor’s heart is not a place of death.
For it is in the intercessor’s heart that the Lord’s vision for His Kingdom is birthed. It is in the intercessor’s plea His Will is realized. It is in the intercessor’s travail the Bride is perfected and completed for His Precious Son.
And it is in the intercessor’s longing for that perfect world, where man and woman walked in harmony with their God, that His justice is pictured and ultimately realized.
For the Lord looked for those who would build up the wall and stand in the breach before Him and He found…you…and me…and the hundreds and thousands whose knees have not bowed to evil and whose lips have not kissed it.
Take heart — His heart — dear intercessor.
Contend for this world.
Remember that the yearning for justice harkens back to the beginning…before we lost innocence. Remember the Judge of all the world will do rightly in the fullness of time. Even as He sent His Son to save and restore, so, too, He shall send His Son to establish all justice once again.
Lord, we choose to believe the truth about You, the Judge of all the earth. As the psalmist wrote, “At the set time that [You] appoint [You] will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is [You] who keep steady its pillars.” Keep us steady in our intercession, for we would stand in the gap for the restoration of the world You originally designed and still hold in Your Heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Author Joyce Swingle is an intercessor and contributing writer for Intercessors for America. With her husband Drama Evangelist Rich, Joyce shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through theatre and speaking. Joyce also has performed on screen. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Joyce worked for about 20 major magazines and now works in pastoral ministry and Christian counseling. She and Rich live in New York City.
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