Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday May 23, 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!


The reflection this week is a 24/7 style prayer for the world by Pete Greig, one of the founding members of the 24/7 Prayer movement. It is based on the Lord’s Prayer.

Please reflect on a modern version of the Lord’s Prayer below:

‘The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.’

Matthew 6: 7-13 (The Message)


Let us pray:

  • From the words of the prayer:

    ‘We volunteer. Motivate us to become the answer to the prayers on our lips.’

  • Please pray for Micah Challenge Germany as they mobilize Christians to engage their local Members of Parliament. The aim is to inform politicians about the Millennium Development Goals and engage them in further action.
    • Please pray for enthusiasm and wisdom for MC Germany coordinator Daniel Rempe as he promotes these actions to German evangelicals.

  • Reflecting on the statistic below: Lord, we thank you for the 40 000 000 more boys and girls in school.

    We pray for improved education systems which provide funding to increase free access to schooling and employ more teachers to improve the quality of education.

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 2: Ensure access to primary schooling for all children

Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

‘Forty million more children are in school and gender disparity in primary and secondary schools has declined by 60 percent, but 75 million children remain out of school.’

Source: Global Monitoring Report 2008, World Bank and IMF, April 08

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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