APRIL PRAYER FOCUS

 

Reflection – seeking truth, justice and righteousness

 

‘If the most fundamental cause of poverty is the impact of sin, then dealing with sin must be part of the Christian process of change. While we must deal with the individual nature of this sin, we must also address its consequences as expressed in relationships that are based on a web of lies and that promote disempowerment of the poor and domination by the non-poor. This means that a Christian process of change must center on truth-telling and the promotion of justice and righteousness.

 

‘The truth must be discovered about the way the poor contribute to their own poverty, and the truth must be discovered about how poverty is created by the god-complexes of the non-poor, inadequacies of worldview, and deception by the principalities and powers. Only in repenting in the face of God’s truth can relationship be restored so that life, justice and peace can be restored.’ – Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, Bryant L. Myers.

 

‘So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”’ John 8:31-32 (English Standard Version).

 

Reflection

 

We live in a world where people are searching for answers in their lives, when in reality we already have them plainly written for us in the guidebook called the Bible. It tells us the truth of what we need to know, shows us how to treat each other and tells us how to live a righteous life, but still people search elsewhere for answers. We could ask ourself if we really believe what the Bible teaches. If we do, why not follow it and trust it to give us the answers we are searching for in our lives? There is a chorus that says:

 

I believe in the Word of God,

I believe in the Word of God,

Every promise is true I believe it do you?

I believe in the Word of God.

 

Prayer

 

Lord, we thank you for giving us this day to honour, worship and praise you. We thank you for being a God of wisdom who knows just what we need. We thank you Lord because you look at each of us and see us as equals in your creation and love and understand us. We thank you for your gentle hand that moves us along – even when we choose to be disobedient you still love and care for us. Help us to treat others as you treat us. Help us to be caring and understanding. Lord, help us to live the kind of God-centred lives that overflow to those around us in our actions and deeds. Equip us today so that we may be used for your honour and glory. Amen.

 
  
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