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‘All too quickly, certain issues in society are associated with certain political directions without the realisation that it is, in the first place, the biblical-theological question that Christians need to discuss. Reason for that lies in the failure to realise that Christian faith is relevant for public and social matters’, argues Andreas Kusch.
We are called to honour God by doing whatever we do for the triune God and this will always have a ‘missional dimension’.
In John 16: 5-16 we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is there to guide us.
‘Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit it becomes clear to the individual and to the church when comforting words, practical love, political involvement, prayer and fasting, social projects or evangelistic preaching are necessary. The Holy Spirit helps us to do the right thing in the most varied situations.’
Let us pray:
- For the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we seek to be available to God.
- Our prayer focus this week is for Micah Challenge Haiti:
Jean Valery Vital-Herne from Haiti writes: We are busy working towards lobbying our President and Prime Minister ahead of their attendance at the UN High-level meeting on the MDGs in September.
Please pray for us as we inform churches about this important meeting and encourage them to hold their leaders to account. I would love our churches in Haiti to wake up to their responsibility towards their fellow Christians and non-Christians; please pray that Micah Challenge in Haiti can be a prophetic voice in our country.
- Reflecting on the statistic below: we pray for all these men and women who arrive in cities with the hope for a better life and more opportunities to make a living.
We pray for city planners and other policy makers that they will have wisdom while developing clear strategies to improve urban infrastructure.
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 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 11: By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers
‘Half of Asia's population will be living in cities by 2020, as some 1.1 billion people move to urban environments over the next 20 years. This is more than 100,000 people each day…Already more than half a billion Asians currently live in slums.’
Source: World Bank; June 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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