Pray on Sunday, 7 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: The Lord's Prayer (Matt 6:9-13)

Lord, teach us to pray.

“This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 

your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, 

as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from the evil one."

Targets for Goal 1 include halving the number of people living on less than US$1.25 a day, and halving the number of people suffering from hunger.

Over the last decade, progress toward the financial goal has been strong but progress on hunger has been much slower. Despite progress, more than one billion people still live below the poverty line. The recent global food and economic crises have slowed progress towards eradicating poverty and hunger. Rising food prices may cause up to 100 million people to remain trapped in poverty rather than escape it. It therefore remains necessary to diligently commit to praying for action. Access to food and job opportunities is fundamental to increasing income and reducing poverty and hunger.

Pray with us:

  • Pray for God to continue to provide food and reliable food sources for all of his creation. Give thanks for new agricultural techniques that are helping to improve crop yields for rural farmers, ensuring stable income and increased savings.
  • Ask God for relief for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America that are subject to the highest levels of people living below $1.25 a day and also the highest levels of underweight and malnourished children.
  • Pray for swift relief for many of the world's poor struggling to cope with the effects of the global food and economic crises. Ask that God will open doors for the poorest people to access vocational training and jobs.
  • Pray that employers will act with justice to ensure all workers receive a fair income that will enable them to adequately provide for their families.

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