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In the last part of our Blow the Halftime Whistle prayer and reflection series, Steve Bradbury from
'Many people are deeply troubled by such evil, and those who are sensitive to the Spirit of God know the urge to pray. It can be then, right when our hearts and minds are dwelling on the unspeakable, that our own words grind to a halt. This is the time for the language of silence and sighs, letting God the Spirit take over.'
Romans 8.26-27 tells us:
'Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter.
He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.'
As Steve observes:
'Paul tells us that the Spirit will transform our inarticulate sighs into a conversation God longs for. What a wonderful reassurance. Time spent in the genuinely quiet prayer of this sort can never be wasted. In ways completely beyond my comprehension it serves the purposes of God.'
Let us pray:
§ Steve challenges us to pray the following prayer every day for a week or a month: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” (by Bob Pierce)
§ We thank God for the creativity and hard work that has gone into planning and organising many Blow the halftime whistle activities for 07/07/07 this weekend and pray that God's name with be glorified by actions that encourage individuals, churches and politicians to act justly.
Let us pray especially for the following activities:
'We have planned two events. In Auckland we’re meeting at Eden Park (NZ’s most famous sports stadium) where we’ll be having songs, a haka, a brief address, a famous sportsman kicking goals as we list the MDGs and a mass whistle blowing at midday.
o Nigeria – Blow the halftime whistle events are stretching from 3-7 July in Jos and include a radio program where the MDGs and the halfway point are introduced; a legislative visit to the Plateau State House of Assembly; and a public lecture with the topic ' The Church and the Significance of “blow the half time whistle” '.
1) Blow the whistle 7 times on July 7 at 7:00 a.m.
2) Pray for 7 minutes focusing on poverty alleviation and debt reduction
3) Talk to 7 friends and share about the MDGs
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 1: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day
'The benefits of economic growth in the developing world have been unequally shared, both within and among countries. Between 1990 and 2004, the share of national consumption by the poorest fifth of the population in developing regions decreased from 4.6 to 3.9 per cent. Widening income inequality is of particular concern in
Source; Millennium Development Goals Report 2007, United Nations July 2007
Yours in Christ,
Regine and Michael
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