An Advocate’s Prayer

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. (Psalms 82:3, NIV)

You bring people into the world
To make a difference
To help people understand
How they can make things right.
Use me
Use my words
Make me a catalyst
Make my life a prayer.
Bring justice
Bring inclusion
Bring compassion and mercy
Let justice roll down
And let it begin with me.

My love for words and writing happened so long ago that I can’t remember a time before they were my heart. I knew I couldn’t make a living writing so, when it came time to choose a career, I chose to work as a helping professional. I moved from a desire to become a therapist into the social work field. When living with depression and disability hindered my work, I took an alternate path to doing social justice.

I heard God’s call to advocate for marginalized people, and I haven’t stopped doing that. I use my writing to tell the stories of people who are on the outskirts of society. By sharing those stories, I believe that my writing helps to build a bridge of understanding and compassion between people who are sometimes so different that it’s difficult to find common ground.

The stories I want to write are the ones that “uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” God has called me to hear these stories in my heart. I hear and tell the stories of people whose voices were silenced through societal structures. Maybe, through those stories, one day there will be greater justice in the world.
Lana Phillips is a storyteller who wants to see inclusion and justice in our society. Her website is


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