When You Want Fairness and Justice – Pray for Judges

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We can be so quick to complain about our leaders and criticize presiding judges but that isn't God's way. He says that He judges the judges and it's our job to pray for them and for our all leaders.

When is the last time you prayed for the judges who preside over the courtrooms across your nation?

I’m not talking about a specific judge who’s ruling over a case you or a loved one are involved with, although that’s important too. I’m talking about the many judges who have been appointed to make legal decisions for the citizens in your country.

Yes, I’m talking about the justice system in general.

As I studied Psalm 82, the following sentence in the Bible Notes practically jumped off the page.

The integrity of the justice system in a nation provides a clear indication of the health of that society.

So, based on those words, how healthy is the society where you live?

The Psalm starts like this…

God presides over heaven’s court;
    He pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:
“How long will you hand down unjust decisions
    by favoring the wicked?” 

Psalm 82:1–2

God judges the judges.

The “heavenly beings” are men and women who have been created in God’s image. People He created to represent His character. That’s you and me and everyone else on earth.

That means God created people to…

  • Be Just – to do what is good and fair.
  • Love – to love the way He loves.
  • Live Righteously – to follow His will and obey His commands.
  • Be Merciful – to forgive others.
  • Be Gracious – to give without expecting anything in return.
  • Be Faithful, Patient, Good, Kind, and Full of Truth.

Wow, that’s quite a list, isn’t it?

We all fail to represent God’s character faithfully and consistently every single day.

James wrote…

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.

James 3:2 (HCSB)

I believe that’s why Jesus told His followers not to judge one another. We are to focus on controlling what we say and do personally.

However, with that being said, God has always allowed tribes and nations to appoint judges to create and maintain a just and fair society.

And He commands those judges to judge fairly and impartially according to His will.

  • Always judge people fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)
  • Be perfectly fair in your decisions and impartial in your judgments. (Deuteronomy 1:16–17)
  • Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. (Zecharaiah 7:9)

Why? Because in order to have a healthy society we need fair and impartial judges who are surrendered to the will of God.

That’s why it’s so very important for us to pray for our judges…

Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to know the truth.

1 Timothy 2:2–4

We can trust that God will judge the judges.

So, let’s do our job and pray for them. Oh yes, it’s easy to stomp our feet and shout about unfair rulings and overall injustice…

We can be so quick to complain about our leaders and criticize presiding judges but that isn't God's way. He says that He judges the judges and it's our job to pray for them and for our all leaders.

But first, let’s PRAY.

A Prayer for Judges to Rule with Justice and Fairness

Father God, You wanted Your people to honor You as King and to trust You as judge, but people chose imperfect human leaders to follow rather than surrendering themselves completely to You. And You allowed them to choose foolishly. And today sinful people continue to live under the leadership of sinful people . . . so, we still bear the consequences of decisions made by people who are not always just or fair.

We long to live in peace with one another. We complain when life is unjust and unfair. We’re more inclined to write our grievances on social media than we are to pause and pray for those making decisions. Please forgive us. Forgive me. And help me faithfully SEEK Your intervention in all that is going on in our culture and especially in our government.

Lord, I pray that You will…

“Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless and uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the power of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3–4) Please move in the hearts and minds of those who lead and make judgments for others. Help them to SEEK Your will, and KNOW Your TRUTH. May they not lean on their own understanding but turn to You so that You might guide their paths.

I pray that by Your grace and with Your help, we might live with justice, fairness, and love for one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

We can be so quick to complain about our leaders and criticize presiding judges but that isn't God's way. He says that He judges the judges and it's our job to pray for them and for our all leaders.

The 1st American President, George Washington, said…

 “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”


“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

The 40th American President, Ronald Reagan, said…

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

I have to admit that I’m more prone to talking about the state of the nation than I am to praying for the state of the nation. I’m more likely to point out what’s wrong and complain when I disagree.

But God’s way is better. God’s way tells us to PRAY. Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for those who judge.

And when we do get involved . . . may we humble ourselves, SEEK the Lord, and focus on trusting and obeying Him.

May we pray first, vote for godly leaders, and speak the TRUTH with gentleness and respect.

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  1. Wonderful wake-up call, Deb. May we all be prayer warriors for those who are assigned as judges in our land.

    1. Thank you, Martha! I am always so thankful for your comments and encouragement. Blessings to you!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    Oh Deb, I do try so hard to pray for our leaders, those in power, those who have the voice to make the decisions for rules and regulations. But at times, I am appalled and find myself judging them. Thank You, for this reminder to pray for our judges, and leave the judgement of those in power to God.
    It is not my place to judge anyone, but to pray for everyone. Thank you, Deb… your ministry so helps to ease the weariness of my heart and the hopelessness I sometimes feel for our nation.

    1. Me too, Kathy! It is so tempting to complain with frustration. I’ve been asking the Lord to help me turn to Him first. I find that when I pray first I’m less likely to complain and judge. But oh my, I’m a slow learning work in progress. Blessings, dear friend!

  3. Ana Cordova says:

    Indeed what a great post to pray for our leaders so that God can always lead them to his will and not their selfishness. May God bring our country together as children of God to trust in our Savior always in order to have compassion for one another. Please help me not to judge as he is the judge of all judges. I will pray for our country that God touches our leaders hearts.
    Blessing Deb and all the wonderful people that follow this post.

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      I always love reading your comments, Ana. Your faith and devotion shine out for all of us to see! I am so very thankful for the community that Deb’s blog has brought together! God blessings, dear Ana! And thank you for always giving my heart a lift! Have a lovely day surrounded with joy and peace! Praying together, keeps us together!

    2. Amen, Ana! Standing with you in prayer for our country and her leaders. Blessings to you, dear friend!

  4. Indeed we do need to pray for our Country and its people and for a “God directed leadership”! I too am saddened by the way things are these days. I long for the devoted Patriotism our people had at one time.
    We have such a wonderful America!!! So many are working to keep us safe and so many have lost their lives and fought for us. I do agree wholeheartedly that God is the only judge and we can know for certain that his judgement is divine. God bless you all, my friends here, and Deb, thank you again and again for your wisdom and teaching. You are such a God send!!

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      How wonderful to see your beautiful post, Sue! I have missed you and been a bit worried. I do pray you are ok. From your comments, we share so many of the same reflections about our country, and all those who have fought and lost their lives, so we could have our great nation. As bad as I hate so much of what is happening, I know God is in control! And His Will be done…
      Oh sweet friend, it is so good to see your name here again! I so hope and pray that you are well and happy and that you can feel the presence of God’s love and all the love from the friends you have here! I am so thankful for you!
      Wishing you all the blessings of a joyful and peaceful day! Hugs to my special friend!

      1. Hi Kathy,
        You know how much I cherish this friendship with you!! You are such a spirit lifter! Last week was one of those weeks where I was so busy and trying to “think” well enough to make a comment that would offer anything, just didn’t want to happen for me. Next week we will be out of town so I won’t be able to comment either. I will miss the blog and the wonderful friendships here, especially hearing from you and Deb.
        Sometimes I think you and I were cut from the same cloth. We have such very similiar convictions!! I don’t know what month you were born, but I can’t help but wonder if it is the same as me? May!
        You always have such good comments! And, your warmth toward all the folks who comment is so precious!!
        I hope that all is well with you too! Your Fourth Of July week was so difficult with all that you had to deal with. I hope that your father in law is doing okay now! I have you and your family in my prayers.

    2. We are blessed to live in this country. You’re right, Sue, so many have bravely served to keep us safe. I’m praying that there will be a day again soon when we will stand together as a nation and humbly proclaim, “God bless America.” Praying for you, dear friend! You truly are a blessing!

  5. Connie Malston says:

    Thank you Deb, for the reminder to pray for our judges,and not to complain but ask for God to intervene. Lately it’s been one thing after another and I have been ‘feeling’ overwhelmed and going with the feelings instead of giving it to God. Thanks again ????????

    1. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. It’s typical for me to complain about my feelings first, before I remember to pause and pray. What a blessing that we have a loving and patient God who faithfully invites us to bring everything to Him in prayer. Many blessings to you!