Pray on Sunday, 14 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed
for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness
to believe that we can make a difference in this world,
so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

Goal 8 covers the international effort for cooperation in achieving the MDGs. We will only halve poverty by 2015 if we manage to develop a global partnership for development. Every government and individual must play their part. As well as effective targeted aid, the poor need debt management and relief, information technology processes, essential drugs, and access to global markets. It is vitally important that God intervenes in developing countries that are landlocked, small island states and countries with instable or corrupt governments. It is estimated that ODA needs to double to achieve the MDGs effectively. Higher levels of cooperation are required, including government transparency, targeted investment programmes, follow through on ODA commitments, and grassroots advocacy in developing countries.

Pray with us:

  • Pray for the Australian government to follow through on their promises and ensure effective delivery of international aid and strategic investments in developing countries.
  • Praise God for the cooperation that has grown internationally over the last 13 years.
  • Pray for God to convict the hearts and minds of leaders in wealthy companies and countries toward compassion and justice.
  • Give thanks to God for the example of Jesus and for the sacrificial service of so many Christians. Pray for God to be moving in the hearts of all people to bring about positive change.

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