Monday, 12 November 2018
Prayer4UKToday 13th 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 final 2 R’s of Reconciliation.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Six Rs of Reconciliation.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21
Even with the best research, the strongest relationships and the most worthwhile risk-taking, there will still be deep resistance to genuine reconciliation. That’s because genuine reconciliation requires a completely changed attitude to those who have been our enemies; a total transformation that is difficult for all of us. So why should we bother? Because in the Beatitudes, God promises that peacemakers – those who bring the true peace of reconciled relationships and flourishing of life – will be blessed.
Peter tells Christians in what is now Turkey that when the Church is reconciled, it will be a witness to the world. As we journey towards reconciliation, we can begin to handle diversity creatively and sincerely. We learn collectively to approach difference with curiosity and compassion, rather than fear. We begin to flourish together in previously unthinkable ways. Reconciliation transforms alienation into a new creation, not only restored but reinvigorated. I think that one of the greatest challenges of our time is whether we have the courage to seek such a remaking of our world.
Carry each other’s burdens. Galatians 6:2
Outsiders can’t do reconciliation: it has to be people who are doing the fighting. They are the ones who can bring ongoing transformation and the daily renewal of relationships. But outsiders can resource others, strengthening them and building their capacity.
After the ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to resource the Church. Reconciliation is never something done by one hero. It is something done by whole groups of people working together, in the knowledge that God’s Spirit is with us as we seek to support each other on the journey towards reconciliation
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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