Pray on Friday, 12 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: Extract from Psalm 82 - A prayer for God to intervene

God presides in the great assembly; 
he renders judgment among the "gods":
"How long will you defend the unjust 
and show partiality to the wicked?"
Defend the weak and the fatherless; 
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 
Rescue the weak and the needy; 
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Rise up, O God, judge the earth, 
for all the nations are your inheritance.

Preventable diseases, primarily HIV/AIDS and malaria, remain some of the biggest problems and causes of morbidity and mortality in the developing world. Goal 6 focusses on the reversal of the spread of these diseases, as well as the provision of universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS. Malaria is responsible for killing 1-2 children every minute and causing 660,000 total deaths every year. Across the globe there are more than 34 million people living with HIV and 1.7 million of those infected die each year. Through collective initiatives, such as the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and simple strategies such as immunisation and the provision of treated bed nets; the incidence of these diseases is shrinking.

Pray with us:

  • Pray for increased financial commitments from developed nations to the Global Fund.
  • Give praise to God for those communities who have been educated and are now using bed-nets and practising safe sex to help reduce disease.
  • Pray that God would convict multinational companies and governments to do all they can to allow access to required medicine to treat infected persons. In particular, pray that pharmaceutical companies will not withhold access to anti-retroviral drugs that can significantly improve the livelihood of people living with AIDS.
  • Give thanks for the increase in targeted, grassroots-level programmes to address specific HIV/AIDS issues, particularly in countries such as Ecuador.
  • Pray for AIDS rates to continue decreasing and for HIV infections overall to be significantly reduced. Pray for a global social transformation of lifestyles that will no longer expose people to the HIV virus. For example, those individuals exposed to unclean needles and victims of sex trafficking.