Micah Challenge Prayer, Friday 10 October 2008

Prayer October 10, 2008


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Reflection

On 19 October is Micah Sunday. People are invited to mark this Sunday in their churches to pray for current global issues.

This year’s prayer guide aims to help to reflect on five of the most pressing global issues we face today. It provides short reflections on the global food crisis, unemployment, climate change, migration and international aid. Bible passages relating to the topic offer deeper spiritual insights and lead into a prayer for each global issue.

Using the prayer guide, we want to reflect on the global food crisis with the following story:

Theresa of Calcutta once told about a time a man arrived at the house where the Missionaries of Charity lived to tell them about a Hindu family with eight children. They hadn’t eaten for several days. This man asked that something be done for them, so Theresa immediately took some rice and went to visit them. She told about how the children’s eyes were glazed over with hunger. When the mother received the rice, however, she split it into two portions and left the house with one of them. When she returned, Theresa asked her what she had done with the other portion of rice. She said that she had taken it to some Muslim neighbors of hers who hadn’t eaten for even more days than them. She added, “They are hungry too.”

Please reflect on Genesis 41:31 -38, the story of a food crisis in the time of Jacob and Joseph.

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Prayer

Let us pray:
Lord, you taught us to pray saying that we could request “our daily bread”, we now plead that your provision would sustain the millions of people who go to bed hungry every night.

We plead with you that those who hold power will make just decisions for food provision; that business people and government leaders from industrialized nations would be aware of and sensitive to the suffering of the millions of people affected by the use of food in the production of biofuels.

We ask for the approval and implementation in our countries of policies that protect and support small farmers, allowing them to use the appropriate technology to improve their crops, and to be able to develop local distribution strategies.

We pray that a global partnership would be formed that can provide food for the countries most affected by the rise in food prices; and that it can be done efficiently and respecting people’s dignity.

We thank you for your Word that calls us to use all of our resources to care for those in need. May your church respond and act consistently with this call to care for those who are starving suffer from hunger due to the intensity of the food crisis.

(From the Micah Sunday prayer guide)

‘There is much to pray for!


Meditate on the Statistics


As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

‘The world only needs 30 billion dollars a year to eradicate the scourge of hunger.’

‘It's extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can't find $25 billion dollars to save 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases.’


Source:
First quote: FAO (
UN Food and Agriculture Organization), June 2008

Second quote: Bono, rock star (U2); Sojo Mail, 25 September 2008

Yours in Christ,

Regine and MC team


Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls


Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls


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