Pray on Thursday, 11 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: Extract from St. Patrick's Breastplate

The strength to respond to injustice comes from
the reality that our life is assured in Christ

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Goal 5 remains one of the furthest off track. Renewed efforts in this area are reaping benefits, however estimates suggest that more than 240,000 mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancy. 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world simply because they do not have access to appropriate medical facilities, treatments, training, or nurses and doctors. Once again, in Sub-Saharan Africa mortality rates are among the highest. The number of women giving birth with the help of a midwife or doctor has risen, but the statistics are still too low. The risk of maternal death in developing countries is extremely high and needs to be urgently reduced. This requires the cooperation of people at all levels of society.

Pray with us:

  • Pray that the Australian government will respond to the call of Micah Challenge to increase spending on health to 15% of Australia's development budget.
  • Pray for God to intervene with regard to the provision of health facilities and trained midwives so that no woman has to go through pregnancy and childbirth without health support. Pray especially for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where most maternal deaths occur.
  • Give thanks for the blessing of medical professionals during childbirth to ensure the safe delivery of babies.
  • Pray that cultural practices such as female genital cutting will be stopped so that the risk of obstructed labour will reduced.
  • Pray for those suffering from health complications related to pregnancy and childbirth such as fistula. Pray for healing and restoration through provision of health services.
  • Ask God to bless the health of all mothers so that they can live well and provide for and nurture their children.

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