Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday 1 August 2008

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Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
How can we know whether we are just a religious club for the promotion of our own inner wellbeing, or whether we are the body of Christ? Asks Andreas Kusch from Germany.
The indicator, he says, is in our worship to God, ‘motivated by the Holy Spirit and expressed in an increase of love for God, the neighbour and the one furthest away.’
In 1 John 4: 7-21 we learn that love is the very nature of the Trinitarian God, seeking a relationship with all of creation. Without this love relationship to God, ‘actions often turn into legalism or lawlessness’.
‘God wants to work through us.’ This statement is often heard in Bible studies, devotions and sermons. It is widespread common knowledge that Christ wants to influence, through us, our immediate personal relationships. But we often restrict our thinking and behaviour to the individual personal level. God, however, has put us into a context far broader than this. He wants us as Christians to carry responsibility for his world. Indeed, faith that does not relate to the world falls short of the true nature of a relationship with God.’

Let us pray:
  • Andreas writes: ‘Have we ever tried to pray after watching the news? Are we able to imagine God’s ability to improve the situation that our society is in?
  • For the YMCA Europe Festival 2008, 3-9 August 2008, in Prague, Czech Republic where 7000+ young people from over 50 countries are expected to participate.

    Please pray for the promotional activities of Micah Challenge:
    • That young people will be challenged to put their faith into action for social justice and global poverty issues.
    • That many will sign up to participate in Micah Sunday and Stand up Take Action from 17-19 October 2008.
  • Reflecting on the statistic below: Today we want to pray particularly for the over 1 billion young men and women in our world. We pray for hope as they face a difficult and fast changing world. We pray for an increase of employment programs and opportunities for young people so that they can more easily find their place in our society.

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 8: Develop a global partnership for development (trade/aid/debt)
Target 16: In co-operation with developing countries, develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for youth
‘Of more than 1 billion people today between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, 85 per cent live in developing countries where they comprise more than half of the total workforce. The slowdown of the global economy, armed conflict, and internal national turmoil point to alarming downward employment trends for these youth and their economic and life prospects.

Source: Development Gateway, 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

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