formation friday: a prayer for justice

blog formation friday a prayer for justice“he has shown you, o mortal, what is good. and what does the Lord require of you?

to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

– micah 6:8

it’s been a crazy week with a wild mix of refuge stuff & twins 13th birthday celebrations (we’ve now got 4 teenagers & one almost 21 year old!)  & a quick trip to pasadena & now today and tomorrow i’ll be at the denver faith & justice conference. looking forward to being with a bunch of other justice pursuers who are passionate about some of the same things we are in the city.

i know so many of you are passionate about justice, too.  you are advocates & care deeply about empowering the marginalized & the poor in all kinds of different ways.

for this formation friday, in honor of a weekend of justice, i thought i’d share this short prayer from down we go that i stumbled upon yesterday and then a template for writing your own.

a prayer for justice:

God, may we be people of justice.

may we humble ourselves and be willing to learn from each other.

may we stand on the side of the oppressed.

may we not be silent.

may we call out your image in others.

may we be brave on behalf of our friends.

may we bring your kingdom to earth, now.

may we be known as those-crazy-people-who-stick-up-for-the-underdog-even-when-people-think-we’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end.

may we let your Spirit compel us to act.

to love.

to learn.

to speak.

to move.

to sacrifice.

on behalf of our brothers and our sisters next to us today, on behalf of those who have gone before us, and on behalf of those who will come after us.

on your behalf, Jesus, as your ambassadors, with your humility, your courage, your Spirit as our guide.


you can use these prompts however works for you: 

God, may i be a person of justice, someone who…

to…(verbs, action words)

on behalf of….

please strengthen me with your….


if you’re willing to share, it’s always lovely to hear them.

have a great weekend!  peace and hope, kathy

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Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


  • God, may i be a person of justice, who …
    … Forgives with mercy
    … Accepts others for who they are not what I want them to be
    … Loves without judgment

    On behalf of….
    … all I meet and will meet to see them through God’s filter not mine
    … all who carry shame, to help them know they are not alone in their pain
    … all who are strong who want to be weak and cry and say I need too

    Please strengthen me with your….
    …Holy Spirit to guide me, to show up and let you work not me
    …Hope to remember all you have done and will do
    …Love to trust you each day, one moment at a time


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