Californian Christian Priest Prays for Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa Ji


“We pray that your hand would be upon him as he stands against the oppression that he sees in India right now.”

In prayers for hunger-striker Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa Ji, Christian priest Fr. Joshua Lickter (of the Anglican Church in North America) prays for his fellow Californian.

Transcript —

“And to that end, Lord, we do pause now to pray specifically for Bapuji [Surat Singh] Khalsa. We pray that your hand would be upon him as he stands against the oppression that he sees in India right now. Oppression against minorities, oppression against people who have the courage to speak out against the government.

“And Lord, we ask that you would be with him, that you would strengthen him, as he hungers, as he allows his body to hunger because so many other people right now are hungering for justice.

“And we pray, Lord, that his voice and his protest would be heard. And we ask that you would change the hearts of the leaders in India, and that they would recognize that their people are being oppressed. And that they would change their policies, that they would change their behaviors, that they would change their mindset toward people who are different than they are.

“All this we ask, Lord, to your praise and glory, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.”

Before praying specifically for Bapuji, Fr. Lickter prays a prayer for social justice from the Book of Common Prayer —

“Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”

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