Our Deep Calling and Longing for a River of Righteousness

“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24

Lord Jesus, on this particular Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020, our longings for your return are intensified. In the current culture of meanness, vitriol, and rancor, our cry is, “How long, O Lord?”

Finally, and fully, we will love each other the way you love us, Jesus. Feet washing, not foot stomping, will be our most basic instinct. All of our relationships will be healthy, beautiful, and joyful—the overflow of living in perfected fellowship with you, our Father, and God the Holy Spirit.

All racism, prejudice, and tribalism will be eradicated—no more insiders or outsiders, no “pecking order” or ordering one another around. Bombast, bravado, and braggadocio will all be gone. No more “white-supremacy,” just Christ-supremacy. No more “extreme right” or “extreme left,” just extreme You.

We’ll never disrespect or hurt one another again. We’ll never have to apologize, forgive and reconcile about anything. We will serve one another with spontaneity and great gladness. No more wars, or even temper tantrums. No more harm or harming, in any form. Please Lord, soon.

The United Nations won’t be a building, but a reality. Justice will flow like a river and righteousness like a never-failing stream. Every evidence of evil, sin, and death will be gone. All things broken will be replaced with all things new. Hallelujah, and we’d love this in our lifetime.

Until then, Jesus, bring the power of your Spirit and the Gospel to bear on our thinking, feeling, and choosing—on our everything. There is no other way we’ll change. So very Amen, we pray, with conviction and hope, in your grace-full name.