Pray on Monday, 8 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: The Sinner's Prayer

This prayer of meditation, originally from the Eastern Orthodox Tradition and based on the tax collector's prayer in Luke 18, can be used as an act of repentance, recognising the part we play in injustice, that we are both in need of mercy and agents of mercy, that we are both perpetrator and victim of injustice.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Goal 2 seeks to ensure access to primary education for all children worldwide, both male and female, by 2015. Education is something often taken for granted in Australia, but for many children in developing countries, it is a dream come true. Since 2000, primary school enrolment has increased from 83% to 90%, but progress is not yet adequate to achieve MDG targets. Additionally, school enrolment is susceptible to significant falls if other aspects of poverty, including food security and displacement, are not efficiently addressed. Schooling is often a significant cost for poor families, costing up to a quarter of the family's income. Without the provision of adequate resources and funding, some poor children will never have the opportunity to go to school. There are still more than 60 million children missing out on any form of schooling.

Pray with us:

  • Ask God to convict world leaders to make education for all children a priority. Pray that governments will build capacity, including infrastructure and teachers, to provide adequate schooling for all children in their countries.
  • Give praise to God for the programmes that support and provide school funding so that more struggling families can afford to send their children to school.
  • Pray that parents will understand the importance of schooling for their children and do everything they can to make sure their kids go to school and stay in school.
  • Ask for God's blessing upon children to go to school and learn well and be given hope and opportunities for life in the future; including literacy skills, empowerment, and self confidence.