Monday July 28 – Prayer for the poor and marginalized in our community
Come and worship
The Lord who is just- I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Psalm 140:12
Meditate on His Word Deuteronomy 10:12-22, Isaiah 1:10-17
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
The word marginalized is a tem used in reference to folks who for a variety of reasons- illness, poverty, transience, immigration status, language, etc.- are relegated to live on the margins of mainstream society. In this position they often struggle to find meaningful work to provide for themselves and their families. Many ask for money at intersections because they struggle to get or keep a job, some folks are trying to function in society as they learn a new language, others are separated from family either in their country of origin or because of transient labor jobs. The stories are as plentiful as the people who live them. The margin of our society is a place without stability, without shared rights and protections, and without a voice for those who live there.
Reflect and give thanks
Many of us see or come into contact with marginalized people frequently throughout our week. Thank the Lord that He is their protector and His heart is for the ‘outsider’. Give Him thanks that He is both merciful and just, and He does not look the other way when people are vulnerable.
To turn the hearts of His people toward the needs of the poor, mentally ill, refugees, new immigrants, and migrant workers- marginalized people- in their communities and beyond. That the needs of the poor, both spiritual and physical, would be met consistently and with dignity by the people of God.
That churches would be moved to take up the causes of the marginalized and voiceless in our society, and speak for justice on their behalf.
To open your eyes to the struggles of the people you come into contact with on a regular basis. Ask the Lord to direct you in how He desires to use you to seek justice and show mercy to them.
Tags: 2014 Summer of Prayer