Friday, October 20, 2006

Week 4 Prayer Calendar

Here we are at last with the final week of prayer points from the federal Church and Nation Committee. As JoBloggs quite rightly pointed out on last week's points, this list is by no means comprehensive. There are a lot more social and ethical issues than what can be compressed into a week's worth of prayer points. So here are the seven that the committee has picked - start with these and work through to whatever other issues you think need prayer.

Issues of Social Interaction

Oct 22nd - Pray that we, as Christians, would avoid absorbing the worldly, self-absorbed spirit/philosophy of materialism (aka "affluenza") and instead have a concern to minister to people - no matter what their age, gender, but especially to those marginalised by society (Ex 20:17, Mk 4:7-8, Mic 6:8)

Oct 23rd - Pray that all those involved in wholesome work, paid or unpaid, would be encouraged as they remember that its dignity was given by God (Gen 2:15, Ecc 9:1-7) but its frustrations are a result of sin (Gen 3:17-19, 1 Pet 2:18-20).

Oct 24th - Pray that relationships between employers and employees everywhere would be characterized by mutial respect, exemplary work-standards and cooperation (Col 3:22-4:1). Pray that those genuinely searching for work would be rewarded and grow in their faith (2 Thess 3:6-10).

Oct 25th - Pray for urban-area believers as they confront issues such as homelessness, crime, poverty, the drug culture and loneliness. Pray that they will long for the "city" to come, but seek justice and mercy in the "city" below (Gal 4:31, Heb 11:10-14, Rev 21,22).

Oct 26th - Pray for rural-area believers as they face the on-going effects of drought, limited infrastructure development and support services and feelings of isolation. Pray that they would continue to trust the Lord (Hab 3:17-19) and that all in rural areas would learn to look to Him and not take His blessings for granted (Ps 145).

Oct 27th - Pray for submission to Christ and discernment on priorities; so as to model a Christian lifestyle in the home, a brotherly spirit in the church and to enable Christians to build a good testimony in the community (1 Tim 3:1-7, Jn 13:34-35, Col 4:5-6).

Oct 28th - Pray for the continued reformation of our denomination and a God-glorifying experience of real revival in Christ's church (Ps 85).

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