Many of us use and appreciate devotional aids to help reflect upon our Christian walk, and we have complied some Social Justice ones for you to explore. Whether by yourself or as a family, we encourage you to think deeply about Scriptures call to “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
40 Days of Justice – The Salvation Army Australian Southern Territory
This downloadable resource explores the concept of God’s justice from the beginning of the Biblical story right through to the end revelation. The bible talks a lot about God’s response to injustice and unrighteousness, through the themes of judgement and redemption.
This bible reading plan traces these key themes in relation to justice throughout the bible, concentrating on how the ideas of justice, righteousness and God’s response are shown in Genesis; followed by stories of how God liberates his people from injustice. It then looks at the question of how God expects his people to live, and what life in Jesus’ kingdom means for justice.
Love Thy Neighbour – Common Grace
“What does an Aboriginal Pastor, a Catholic Environmentalist, an Anglican Dean, a Uniting theological lecturer, a young Anabaptist changemaker, a Pentecostal worship leader and a Baptist missiologist all have in common? A concern to listen to the voice of Jesus as he calls us to love our neighbours!
Join us as we contemplate what it means to follow Jesus’ example of extravagant love by obeying his instruction to “Love Thy Neighbour” in our 21st century world.”
Common Prayer – A Daily Prayer resource
Based upon the book “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro, this resource provides:
- Evening prayers: Seven prayers; one for each night of the week
- Morning prayers: 365 prayers; one for each morning of the year
- Midday prayer: One prayer; to pray during the day throughout the year
- Occasional prayers: Multiple prayers; to be used on special occasions like holidays and gatherings
There are also songs from various traditions, including African-American spirituals, traditional hymns, Mennonite gathering songs, and Taize chants—a ‘greatest hits’ from the church’s first 2000 years. There’s a calendar to help you remember the saints and landmark dates in the struggle for peace and justice.
If you are looking for guided prayer and devotions with a justice theme, then this is an excellent resource.
The Lord’s Prayer – Common Grace
“Together thousands of Christians prayed the Lord’s Prayer each day; read daily scripture & devotions on the Lord’s Prayer; and received video reflections each week from gifted Bible teachers on the Lord’s Prayer.
It’s our prayer that the church praying Jesus’ prayer overflows in his ways of beauty, generosity and justice for the sake of the world.”
Sojourners – A Daily email devotional
For more than 45 years, the Sojourners movement has been helping to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world through the lens of God’s justice. You can sign up so that each morning Sojourners will send a short verse, a justice quote, and prayer straight to your inbox. Each devotional is faith inspired and social justice themed, and a great way to start your day by thinking about how you can impact your community for God’s Kingdom.
God’s Beautiful Earth – Common Grace
(5 week study)
This 5 week devotional looks at a season of creation through the themes of Listening to God’s Beautiful Earth, Oceans, Sky, Land, and Rivers. This study explores the beauty of the world around us, while recognising the harm we are causing and presenting ways for us to take action to renew, restore and preserve that beauty.
Justice – She Reads Truth
(13 Day Reading Plan)
This study is available online and in an easy to use app. It looks at biblical justice and what that might look like in living it out each day. It uses the example of Jesus, along with other biblical examples of justice to inspire and equip us to join God where he is already at work bringing justice in our communities and around the world. Each day begins with a few Bible passages, then has a devotional discussion and ends with a downloadable image with a quote or Bible verse that links to the teaching from that day.