FEBRUARY PRAYER FOCUS

World for God

                                                                                                                            

Prayer

The world for God! The world for God!

There’s nothing else will meet the hunger of my soul.

I see forsaken children, I see the tears that fall

From women’s eyes, once merry, now never laugh at all;

I see the sins and sorrows of those who sit in darkness;

I see in lands far distant, the hungry and oppressed.

But behold! On a hill, Calvary! Calvary!

Evangeline Booth: The Song Book of The Salvation Army, No 830 v 1.

 

Reflection

‘I the Lord do not change…Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it’ (Malachi 3:6, 10).

How do we understand the gracious gifting and provision of God and his promise of plenty with a world living with starvation, drought, crime, hatred, corruption and division when the few have much and the many have little?

The chorus of the song quoted above says, ‘The world for God! I give my heart! I’ll do my part’.

Malachi was sent as a prophet to a people who had shown themselves worthy of punishment, but he came with a message of hope. Can we like Malachi see ourselves as the recipients of the Word of God to all his people? Let us evaluate the depth of our commitment, the sincerity of our worship and the integrity of our living.

Our prayers cry out to you O Lord!

Prayer

The world for God! The world for God!

I call to arms the soldiers of the blood and fire:

Go with the holy Bible. Its words are peace and life

To multitudes who struggle with crime and want and strife.

Go with your songs of mercy, show Christ in loving kindness,

Make known the sufferings of the cross, the sacrifice of God;

For behold! On a hill, Calvary! Calvary!

(v 2)

Prayer

The world for God! The world for God!

For this, dear Lord, give to my soul consuming fire.

Give fire that makes men heroes, turns weakness into might,

The fire that gives the courage to suffer for the fight,

The fire that changes fearing to pentecostal daring,

The fire that makes me willing for Christ to live or die;

For behold! On a hill, Calvary! Calvary!

(v 3)

Prayer

The world for God! The world for God!

I give my heart! I'll do my part!

The world for God! The world for God!

I give my heart! I will do my part!

                                      (chorus)

 

Lord, let us not only be doers of good or organisers of emergency responses. Help us not only to represent you and work for you, but also to ensure that we share the message of hope and challenge with a world living outside your plan for your people. Help us to…bring our full tithes into the storehouse so that there will be enough for all and so that your boundless blessings may fall on all your people.

 

See William Booth’s ‘Vision of the Lost’ at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky0DDwYzak8

 

NB: Some of the graphics may prove disturbing to some people.

 

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