“So Tamar lived, a desolate woman, in her brother Absalom’s house.”
-2 Samuel 13:20
As I was thinking through which verse we might pray according to in 2 Samuel 13, I couldn’t help but to escape much like praying through 2 Samuel 12, a horrible reality in this fallen world that is represented here in 2 Samuel 13 and summarized in Verse 20. I know a lot of different people of different ages listen to this podcast and so without going into all the details of what happens in 2 Samuel 13, we see someone in a position of power do something very hurtful to someone else. In all of this, we see an unwillingness to carry out justice according to God’s word.
In this passage, we see an unwillingness to carry out justice according to God’s word.
So with that summary, I can’t help but to think about people who are listening to this podcast who I know in many different ways may have been hurt by someone else and specifically by someone in a position where they were supposed to be caring for you. They were supposed to be protecting you. Sometimes in circumstances like this, it seems like justice is not and may never be carried out, but when we read a verse like this and a chapter like this in 2 Samuel 13, we always need to step back and realize yes, this is a reality in a sinful, fallen world where people hurt one another and specifically people in positions of power abuse that power in ways that are hurtful for other people and they ignore justice and justice seems ignored. But the good news of the Bible when you step out from 2 Samuel 13 is that there is one true God who possesses all power and He will bring about justice in the end. He is good. The one who is omnipotent, all-powerful is good and loving and kind and just and merciful.
We need all of these things in him. We need his goodness and his kindness and his justice and his mercy in our lives and in the world around us. So I want to lead us to pray in light of the reality represented here in 2 Samuel 13 and specifically here in Verse 20. God, we pray right now for people who are listening to this who have been hurt in many different ways by other people, in unimaginable ways even by other people or another person and maybe even another person in a position of power or influence over them. So God, we praise you, that you, the one who has all power, all authority in all the universe, Jesus, all authority in heaven and earth belong to you. We praise you that you are good, you’re gracious and you are merciful and you are just and you are right and you are righteous in all you do. God, we pray for your help in this sinful world where people who are in positions of power and influence do not always do what is right or good, who hurt others. God, we pray for your help in the middle of this hurting world.
God, we pray over those who have been hurt for your healing, for your healing power to be put on display, for your healing power to bind their wounds. You say this in your word, O God. You bind the wounds of the brokenhearted. God, you deliver the oppressed. You help the weak and the hurting. God, you keep count of our tossings, our tears in a bottle. You are steadfast in your love for us, in your provision for us for everything we need. So God, we pray that over those who are hurting in any way right now. God, we praise you that one day, your justice will reign even as you taught to pray, Jesus. Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus, we pray come quickly and bring about your justice in this world.
Even as we pray so often on this podcast for unreached people in the world, God, we pray for the Hazara of Afghanistan who have experienced such hurt and such pain. God, we pray that the peace and the love and the mercy of Jesus were to be made known among the Hazara of Afghanistan and all the peoples of the world. Jesus, you’re the one we need. You’re the one all the nations need. We pray that you would bring an end to sin and sorrow and suffering in this world just as you promised to do. God, until that day, we pray that you would help us, that you would heal us, that you would fix our eyes on you, and that you would help us, God, to love others well, to care for others well, for any of us who are in positions of power and influence to look out for others. Help us just as you tell us in your word in Micah 6 to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with you in ways that are good and helpful and healing for others. God, we pray all of this based on the sobering story in 2 Samuel 13. In Jesus’ name, amen.