Today I had the opportunity to pray the prayer of invocation for the Kentucky Victims’ Rights Day Commemoration held in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol building. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General. Below is the text of the prayer that I prayed.
O God, we pray to you who King David of Israel said is “The LORD [who] works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” (Psalm 103:6) and “The LORD [who] is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:9) You are the one true God who hears and answers prayer.
As the Psalmist prayed, we pray today:
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. (Psalm 10:12)
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear (18) to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:17-18)
As Asaph prayed, we pray today:
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (4) Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4)
As Solomon prayed, we pray today:
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! (Psalm 72:4)
We pray for those who have been victims of crimes and for the survivors of those who have been victims of crimes.
We’re thankful for this day that has been set aside to remember those who have been and are victims of crime and injustice.
We’re thankful for government’s God-ordained role in restraining evil. We pray for our government and for each citizen in the words of King Lemuel in Proverbs 31 to:
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. (9) Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
We pray these things in the name of the only 100% innocent man who ever lived, the victim of the most cruel crime ever committed, the sinless Son of God, who willingly gave Himself in the place of all who would put their trust in Him. In Jesus’ name we pray these things. Amen.