I pray today Lord, for young people facing difficult moral choices and those who are tempted to abuse drugs or alcohol. Put iron into their wills and enable them to meet and associate with other young people who have turned their backs on substance abuse. Give them healthy attitudes and helpful friends. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for people in Africa, Latin America and India who grow up in the midst of an ocean of poverty and despair. Help them to develop attitudes of hope and to move on to lives that are better than their surroundings. Help them to find their meaning in you and to look beyond this life. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those people becoming grandparents. Enable them to experience joy and pride with the arrival of a new child in their family circle. Show them how to encourage and support their children in their role as parents and help them to love their grandchildren without becoming possessive. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
“Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear”.
Isa 54:14 NIV
Peace and wholeness are everybody’s dream of the future. The hope of every person is that the warmongers “will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruninghooks ́ (Isa 2:4 NIV). It is a universal hope. But it can only come about when God intervenes in human affairs and establishes his rule both in nations and between them. The Biblical “shalom” is a gift of God. After the humiliation of the Babylonian conquest and the indignity of the exile to Babylon, God’s people had every justification for dreaming and hoping for wholeness on a national level and peace in their relations with other countries. But this could only come when they were in harmony with God and were honouring the covenant he had established with them. That meant keeping his law, avoiding all disloyalty by worshipping foreign gods, and upholding his truth and righteousness.
The prophet could hold this hope up for the people to aim for and work towards. At the centre of the hope was the worship of God. Only when they began there could the Israelites expect to reap the harvest of peace in its wholeness.
Cutting across this dream in our day is the massive trade in arms being conducted by the rich and powerful nations. Arms constitute big trade deals and such business is often facilitated and promoted by huge bribes paid to national political leaders. They mean employment and “jobs” for those nations selling the arms, usually to poor countries. Christian disciples need to be aware of where such business is being done and to make their voices heard where pressure can be applied to curb the immoral practices.
Lord, help me to be one who promotes peace and justice.
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