Sunday, 11 November 2018
Prayer4UKToday 12th 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
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s next 2 R’s of Reconciliation.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Six Rs of Reconciliation.
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17
I remember walking around Nembe, in the Niger Delta, with a warlord who was deciding whether or not to keep me captive. I looked up and saw an oil company production facility about three miles away with enough electric power to supply most of that region, with helicopters coming in and out, fresh water, food, and a doctor. Then I looked back at the warlord’s town where there was sewage running down the street and children playing in it. And I thought: ‘If I had grown up here, I would be like this man,’ because it was a mixture of horror and cruelty and inequality. What the people in that town needed most was water, electricity and hope. Relief is essential in the process of reconciliation.
Jesus, when he came, brought hope, life and healing. And he did not leave us to work alone: he created the Church, so that through partnerships, systems and imagination, we might be able to offer relief and hope for the long-term, not just today.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7
The risk of the incarnation was huge. If we take seriously the humanity of Christ, we take seriously his vulnerability: the vulnerability of a baby, the vulnerability of a man on a cross. Jesus himself took the risk of crucifixion and we know from Gethsemane the cost, pain and fear of that.
There is an obvious risk in reconciliation: you can easily get caught up in fighting. But that’s not the primary risk. The primary risk is failure. Reconciliation always involves bringing people together and when that goes wrong the outcome is often worse than before you tried. But behind that risk is the hope of something great – of restored relationships and the flourishing of whole societies. After all, it is through the risk of the incarnation that we see the glory of the resurrection.
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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