12 March – Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy – Pleading for a Cause
Genesis 18: 20-33
We often see suffering around us and don’t know what to do or where to start. Abraham shows us a clear example that we are called to pray and intercede on behalf of people who suffer injustice. Abraham pleaded on behalf of the righteous people who lived in a sinful city. His heart broke for those few who were going to be destroyed and he raised his voice to God, pleading for mercy on their behalf.
Abraham was an ordinary human being called by God for an extraordinary task – to be the conduit of blessing to all nations. Abraham had a deep relationship with God; his prayers were conversations with God Almighty. Abraham was moved for the people God wanted to destroy and believed in the effectiveness of an earnest prayer offered by a righteous man.
Advocacy can be defined as being a voice for the voiceless, standing in the gap to present the realities of injustice around the world to those in positions of influence to change the situation. Abraham is just one example of many Biblical characters who advocated on behalf of others before God, pleading their cases through prayer but also through fasting and speaking up to people in authority.
We also have an opportunity to plead with God on behalf of those who suffer around the world. It Is a Biblical imperative to advocate for justice. We see throughout the Old Testament that God loves justice and God does justice. Being a voice for the voiceless is a reflection of the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross. Jesus is the ultimate advocate on behalf of humanity. It is through his work that humankind can be restored and reconciled with God.