Saturday, 10 November 2018
Prayer4UKToday 11th November 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
To conclude the 100 days of peace and hope the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has written the following Six Rs of Reconciliation to reflect on as we pray for peace, hope and reconciliation in our time. Let’s meditate on 2 R’s today, 2 R’s tomorrow and 2 R’s the day after.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Six Rs of Reconciliation.
…and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. Matthew 1:23
Pursuing reconciliation requires research. Research is there to demythologise a conflict and say what the real problem is. Very often it’s a complicated problem that needs to deal with the hard questions of justice and inequality. That can only be done by being present with those who are suffering. We have to listen to what they are saying without judgement. We have to be in the middle, sharing their pain and anguish. We have to be caught up emotionally, to weep, protest and lament. Because that is what Jesus Christ did with us. The reconciliation between God and human beings came through God sovereignly becoming human. He moved from God ‘out there’ to God ‘with us’.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Reconciliation is not a mechanistic process; it’s relational. If you find yourself involved in reconciliation as a method, it won’t work. In John 3, we read that God sent Jesus because he loved the world, not because he’d worked it all out and thought it would be a good thing to do. Reconciliation is affective: our affections have to be involved. That means you build relationships with some pretty odd people. But, equally, you build relationships with the most amazing people. There is a sense of deep emotion. We have to love those in the conflict – the bad and the good – for that is the pattern of God to us
Let us remember those who have died for their country in war; those we knew, and all who have given their lives for freedom, justice and the hope of peace. As we look forward and seek the way of peace and reconciliation, you might like to say this prayer: Lord, strengthen our hearts, hands, and minds, to work together for peace; to see you in one another, and to seek your kingdom above all things; that your will may be seen to be done, and your Kingdom come, through Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings. Amen.
[The Liturgical Commission of the Church of England 2018, © The Archbishops’ Council]
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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