Prayers for Justice

JOSHUA is a faith-based organization– being people of faith is what unites us and calls us to this work of justice. Many traditions, many individuals, many churches and houses of worship – all working together for common good.

Beginning this past fall, JOSHUA’s Religious Leaders Caucus would like to invite all individuals, churches, and houses of worship to join us in praying for our community.  Our responsibilities and schedules may not allow us to be part of every action or task force meeting we would like to be a part of, but whatever our religious tradition, we all pray. 

Prayer is powerful – it is an action in and of itself.  Prayer with others can be even more impactful as it opens us to both God and the other. Let’s pray together to be molded into the Beloved Community.

Our Religious Leaders are inviting everyone to come together and ask the Divine One in whatever language is familiar to us, to bless our community, our country, our world, and to lead us forward in the work of justice.  

Each month we will have a specific focus, and each week a specific prayer.  Feel free to adapt these prayers in accordance with your tradition.

Please join us in adding these prayers to your personal prayer and into the prayers of petition your congregation shares when gathered together.  Even if your church, congregation or house of worship is not formally affiliated with JOSHUA, we would love for you to join us in prayer.

October 2022

Mindful of all those who serve our local, state and national communities as elected or appointed government officials, we pray…

October 2. For those who have been elected to office; for those who serve in governmental agencies; for those who seek the common good of constituents.

October 9.  For those entrusted with securing the basic rights of shelter, health care, education, and food for those who need assistance in affording these basics of life.

October 16.  For those who seek wisdom in the difficult decisions necessary to lead in challenging environments.

October 23.  For those who seek change in government policies and procedures; for the just and equitable distribution of material and financial resources to ensure that all people have access to the basic necessities of life; for peaceful protests and a strong voice in situations where change is necessary.

October 30.  For wisdom in the decision-making process to ensure that laws are established to protect the human dignity of each and every person.

November 2022

Mindful of those struggling with issues surrounding housing and homelessness, we pray…

November 6. For homeless and hungry persons, for the provision of safe, affordable housing and low-cost nutritious food; for the personal safety, dignity, and well-being of those who are unable to work and for those that serve them.

November 13. For the unemployed and underemployed, for suitable work, living wages, and fair benefits for all workers in our community; for sufficient employment to make healthy family life possible.

November 20. For safe and affordable housing for all in our community.

November 27.  For the inclusion of all, regardless of race, age, or residency, in the economy of our area; for effective and affordable regional public transportation to support job access.

December 2022

Mindful of the families in our community, and the struggles and challenges some face, we pray…

December 4. For single-parent families, adoptive families, foster families, and for households that are communities of friends; for elderly persons living in their own homes, in retirement communities, and in nursing institutions.

December 11. For persons who are lonely or have no family; for persons who are estranged from their families; for persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one; and for all who need to feel the love of God.

December 18.  For an end to child abuse; for healthy relationships between children and their caregivers; for families going through divorce; and for all who are in the midst of life transitions.

December 25.  For the care and protection of infants, children, and youth; and for the intimate knowledge that each one is a beloved child of God.

January 2023

Mindful of our brothers and sisters whose homeland is in crisis, leading them to immigrate or seek refuge in another land, we pray…

January 1.  For renewed hope in this New Year for those who seek acceptance in whatever land they find themselves, or seeking a new home in which to plant roots.

January 8.  For our willingness to share and provide what is needed by refugees caught in a world-wide crisis; for the provision of shelter, sufficient food, clean water, and safe days and nights for all refugees.

January 15.  For a recognition of the bountiful blessings we have, and that our hearts be softened toward strangers in our midst; for compassionate caregivers who walk with the stranger to a secure and welcoming place.

January 22.  For an end to the separation of children from parents at the border or in our nation’s towns and cities; for all families who have been separated from one another.

January 29.  For leaders of all nations to work continuously during this New Year to bring about peace so no family or individual fears sleeping in their own homes or being taken from them.

February 2023

Mindful of the need to end racism and embrace diversity as a reflection of our Creator, we pray…

February 5. For the elimination of discrimination in living patterns, public education, employment, political jurisdiction, transportation, and churches in Brown County.

February 12. For eyes that might see more clearly and hearts that might open more deeply in our efforts to address personal and institutional racism and racial inequity in our community.

February 19. For an end to ignorance, indifference, resentment, and bitterness with regard to race in both private and public life.

February 26. For courage to work for and proclaim the establishment of a beloved community where all are welcomed and valued in our city, county, state and country.

March 2023

Mindful of those struggling with addiction and maintaining sobriety, and the families and friends of those caught up in the struggle, we pray…

March 5. For scientific and medical studies to continue to unlock the disorder of addiction; for a commitment to contacting our legislators with a request for the provision of adequate funding of such research in our country.

March 12. For persons in recovery who seek access to the physical, social, and spiritual supports needed in their fight against the disorder of addiction; for our community collaboration in the funding of a continuum of appropriate care and treatment.

March 19. For an end to the outdated stigmas, harmful stereotypes, and prejudices held against persons with addiction disorders; for community-wide education efforts and shared respectful dialogue regarding addictions; for open hearts and minds for all individuals learning more about addictions.

March 26. For the families coping with the fallout, chaos, and side effects that accompany those struggling with the disease of addiction of any and all kinds; for compassion, care and non-judgmental support of families, friends and neighbors of those who struggle with addictions.

April 2023

Mindful of our intimate connection with all of God’s creation, we pray…

April 2. For the healthy ebb and flow of tides and sun, moon and stars, and a recovery of fouled oceans and soiled lands.

April 9. For the healing of our earth with refreshing life-giving grass, flowers and trees; for a resurgent greening of our garden home.

April 16. For creative harmonies of soil, air and water confronting the overuse, waste and disrespect of others and Creation.

April 23. For food, air and water that sustains us throughout the living green and beautiful blue sanctuary of our home.

April 30. For hearts that are open to see the goodness and beauty you have sown in creation and in each one of us, and a desire to forge bonds of peace and unity with all of life.

May 2023

Mindful of all those who are part of, or affected by, our criminal justice system, we pray…

May 7. For all who are incarcerated in jails and prisons, their families, and their loved ones.

May 14. For police officers, judges, lawyers and court personnel, correctional officers and institutions, juvenile detention facilities, and probation officers.

May 21. For all chaplains, staff and volunteers who minister in jails and prisons, half-way houses, work-release and after-care programs.

May 28. For the victims of violent crime and for those who perpetuate violent crime. For situations and institutions that condone, promote, or encourage violent behaviors.

June 2023

Mindful of those affected by by human trafficking and other forms of violence, we pray…

June 4.  For our homes, our nation, and countries around the world as we strive to be havens of peace.

June 11.  For the eradication of poverty, lack of opportunity, greed, and all that breeds coercion, and exploitation of vulnerable persons through human trafficking.

June 18.  For the victims of terrorism as they seek to find the strength and courage to continue to be brothers and sisters for others by acting out of love and acceptance of all.

June 25. For all people who are working to build peace in their communities and throughout the world and to inspire others by their example.

July 2023

Mindful of our need for quality health care, and for our health care workers, we pray…

July 2. For persons living with illnesses and for their families, friends, and communities; for persons working to find cures for diseases; for all those dealing with mental health issues and for the families and friends impacted by these illnesses.

July 9. For all the sick and their caregivers, doctors, nurses, hospice workers, home healthcare workers, and all who minister to the health of others; for clinics, medical personnel, and all institutions that serve persons who are uninsured or underinsured.

July 16. For emergency response personnel and all emergency room staff; for hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice programs; for persons diagnosed with terminal illness.

July 23. For a national health care system which promotes and encourages health, wellness, and well-being for all people.

July 30. For healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.

August 2023

Mindful of our call to build bridges while working for racial justice, and our need to promote civility as we celebrate diversity, we pray…

August 6.  For the healing of wounds and divisions between family members, religious groups, neighboring countries, and political factions, especially those that lead to violence, oppression and injustice.

August 13.  For all who seek to restore honesty, respect and reverence in our public conversations and to develop understanding of one another through open dialogue.

August 20. For the ability and courage to celebrate and cherish our differences as gifted human beings of every race, gender, culture, age and abilities.

August 27.  For unity in our efforts as people of faith to determine the root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice; for the opportunity to find ways to offer hope and to bring about lasting change.

September 2023

Mindful of those who educate children, youth, and adults in schools and institutions of higher learning, we pray…

September 3. For all Superintendents, School Boards, School Administrators, PTAs, teachers, students, and staff.

September 10. For all public, private and religious schools; for students, teachers and support personnel, including cafeteria workers, building and grounds staff, and school bus drivers; for all, pre-schools and daycare centers, and for children in home schools.

September 17. For all universities, colleges, seminaries, trade, technical, graduate, and professional schools; for the students, faculty, and staff of all institutions of higher learning.

September 24.  For healthy relationships between parents, teachers, and learners; for curriculum that is grounded in truth and meaning; for space to nourish the creative seed in both teachers and students.

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