Saturday, 20 October 2018
Prayer4UKToday 21st Oct 2018
Our Father in heaven Hallowed be Your Name Y@HOVAH TSIDKENU LORD our Righteousness Jer. 23:6 Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven.
100 days of Prayer
Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope... Lamentations 3:1-24 (NIV)
WHERE DOES MY HOPE COME FROM?
My family was caught up in the partition struggle between India and Pakistan 70 years ago during which more than a million people died and 14 million were displaced. My aunt took a terrifying train journey at the time: a young lady wearing six sets of clothes, carrying one suitcase with all her belongings. Many didn’t arrive.
We see world conflicts today which are deeply established, between strong minded opponents, resourced by powerful nations, that affect millions of innocent people. Many of us wonder how these situations can change. But wars do end; conflicts do cease.
In the Bible, the author of Lamentations – traditionally thought to be Jeremiah – describes a person who faced God’s anger. It was a hopeless situation. There was nothing he could do. Yet he called to mind God’s love, and so had hope. Picture Jesus facing God’s anger on our behalf.
We may not understand why God allows great conflicts in our world. There are no easy answers. But we can choose to focus on God’s mercy and love, and have hope.
My aunt died a few years ago, living in her own home, having enjoyed many years with her children as well as four grandchildren. Starting that train journey 70 years earlier she wouldn’t have imagined that one day she’d enjoy summer afternoons with her grandchildren. And yet in time she did.
Heavenly Father, in ourselves we are not able to bring peace or hope to this world. But thank you that you have not forgotten us. We pray for your mercy on our world, our cities and our towns. Give us peace we pray. In Jesus’ name.
Visit older neighbours or relations and ask them to share memories where they’ve been caught up in conflict situations. If appropriate, offer to pray with them, asking Jesus to give them peace, and sooth any painful memories. Remember to pray for them afterwards.
[Suneel Shivdasani the International Coordinator for Christian Vision for Men (CVM)]
Please pray and share with your intercessors, Bible Study Groups, Prayer Groups, Church Prayers, Men & Women’s Groups. Thank you.
Las & Arlene Ratnayake
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