Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
–Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT
As mentioned in yesterday’s devotional, you have The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, living in you who reminds you of the Word and combats lying accusations in your mind. You also have The Advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who intercedes for you with the Father, pleading your case, securing your pardon. However, as Christ’s ambassador, there are times you are called to be an advocate as well.
An advocate speaks on another’s behalf or for a cause, defending truth, pleading for favor and justice. There are times you may need to contend for the faith (Jude 3), give an account for the hope in you (1 Peter 3:15), or defend and confirm the Truth of the Gospel (Philippians 1:7). As a Christian, you may also be called to be an advocate for those who are unable or afraid to plead on their own behalf.
There’s a time to be silent, but there’s also a time to speak up (Ecclesiastes 3:7). When you’re called to be an advocate, the Holy Spirit will prompt you and supply all you need—wisdom, boldness, and the right words coming straight from the heart of the Father.
God says to stand up for truth and justice, open your mouth, and He will provide.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you His wisdom to know when He’s leading you to speak as an advocate.
- Thank the Holy Spirit for equipping you with His boldness and the words to say.