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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday July 11, 2008

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Reflection

‘One of the ways we love our neighbor is to help shape the political decisions that help or harm them. But it is crucial to understand how best we can do that.’

In this week’s reflection, Ron Sider offers nine ways Christians can impact politics:

  • Just being the church;
  • Praying for our political leaders;
  • Shaping culture by shaping cultural norms;
  • Educating church members to think biblically and wisely about politics;
  • Official church pronouncements after a careful process of developing an official position on a specific issue;
  • Educating the public on specific political issues through networking with other organizations focused on political education;
  • Lobbying elected officials
  • Promoting the election of specific candidates through church leaders educating church members on how to think and act publicly so that individual members can make their own decision.
  • Running for political office.

In Romans 13: 1-10 we are encouraged to be good citizens and pray for our political leaders with the ultimate goal in mind: to love our neighbour.

Prayer


Let us pray:

  • Ron Sider encourages us to ask God in which of these ways he wants you to help shape politics’.
  • Please pray for wisdom and integrity for Micah Challenge National campaigns as they seek to:
    • Mobilize churches to be good citizens and help shape political decisions in their countries.
    • Actively participate in Civil Society networks whose aims are to reduce global poverty and inequality in the world.
  • Please pray for people in countries where the political system suppresses active citizenship and makes it difficult for people to actively shape politics.
  • Reflecting on the statistic below: we thank God for the many possibilities that new vaccines and technology offer to tackle killer diseases.

    We pray for continued methodical and consistent commitment of donors and the public health sector in coordinating research and effective delivery of immunisation coverage.


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 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Target 8: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

‘Pneumonia kills more children than any other illness. More than 2 million children die of pneumonia each year, accounting for 20% of deaths in children under the age of five. And yet, much of the incidence of pneumonia is preventable and treatable…..

New vaccines are becoming available to address many of the diseases threatening children of the developing world. Of prime concern are pneumonia and diarrhoea which together account for 36% of global child deaths.’

Immunisation is an engine for child survival and a pillar of public health, with vaccines long being one of its most consistent success stories.’

Source: The GAVI Alliance Progress Report; 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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