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  • Writer's pictureYasmin Lountchenko

6.12.24 Prayer Room – Intercession for Justice and Racial Reconciliation



12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 14 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations-as it is today. 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. 20 Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. 21 He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. 22 Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.



This passage comes just after the Israelites have just wandered in the desert for 40 years. We see Moses speaking to the Israelites, telling them what it means to remain faithful to God. God’s character is seen and we see that He is worthy of our praise:


  • Have you let yourself become “stiff-necked”? Ask God to reveal what you have let yourself turn a blind eye to around you (v. 16).

  • Meditate on the commands in verses 18-20: defends the fatherless and widows, love the foreigners residing among you, and to serve and fear the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you ways in which you can fulfill these commands.

  • Remember the promises of the Lord and the ways in which He has fulfilled them. His will, will always be done (v. 21-22).



This scripture paints a clear picture of the Father’s heart and will for His people. As His followers we are not meant to sit idle while the world goes on around us. We are meant to be active members of our community who serve all:


  • Pray for hearts to be changed and eyes to be opened to the injustices of our world. (v. 15-16)

  • Ask the Lord to break your heart for what breaks His (v. 18-19)

  • Take this time to thank the Lord for being our example. All that He has revealed and the wonders He has performed all point towards His love for His children (v. 21-22)

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