Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


To God, There’s No Such Thing as Petty Injustice

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Can God be bothered with the minor issues in our lives, those small offenses we suffer and sometimes inflict on others?  Does god care about that stuff? In my book Six Prayers God Always Answers I argue that he does.  In my life at least I have discovered God’s activity more in the small incidents than I have in major ones. Here’s another excerpt that the expresses this.

 

As a child, when we saw an injustice, we appealed to a higher authority to fix things:

 “Mom, his piece is bigger than mine.”

“Dad, he got to sit by the window the last time.”

“Mrs. Moseley, he’s kicking me.”

 

Perhaps that explains why we continue to appeal to a higher power when injustice happens to us as adults. When we can’t exact the outcome we feel so passionate about, when we don’t have a way to carry it out, we appeal to a power greater than ourselves in the form of a parent, teacher, boss, neighborhood watch group, court system, federal government, or local Mafia boss. We call on them to administer justice on our behalf. From the time we’re kids, we recognize justice comes from outside sources, so when we aren’t satisfied by the systems of the world, we appeal to those not in the world. We appeal to the Highest Authority of all.

 

For justice’s sake, we pray. “God, it’s just not fair!”

We get that God cares about big injustices in the world, things like the Holocaust, but what we often forget is that God is also concerned about the seemingly petty injustices. In fact, Jesus was angry enough to curse when he thought things weren’t as they should be.

 

He rarely answers our cries for justice with our suggested outcomes. Instead of advancing the scenarios we desire, he reinforces our desire–for fairness, equality, righteousness, and justice. No wonder our passions are so strong! Even when we’re wrong, our sense of righteousness only increases.

 

Could it be that one way he answers our prayers is to take our passion, our anger, our innate sense of fairness, and ask us to turn it over to him? To allow him to execute perfect justice?

Question: Do you experience passionate convictions of justice? Do you see this as a doorway to experiencing God? Let’s talk…



  • wonderofitall

    For over thirty years, I have been waiting for an answer to an injustice that happened to me. You could say it’s been too long and that’s life and get over it. No way, could one get over such a thing, when one is reminded daily because it involves family. All I have been able to do, is accept. But the injustice is still there and has yet to be heard. I am a true believer in what goes around, comes around and you reap what you sow. I have given this to God, to let him handle it because it was too big for me. I will continue to pray for an answer for the rest of my life. Whatever his will for this is, so be it. Just wish I knew.

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