Pray on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 

Prayer for Reflection - A prayer by Glenda Weldon

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly,
love mercy and walk humbly with your God.

Father, we come into your presence with the words of
Micah ringing in our minds and hearts.
We humble ourselves before you with a deep sense of
gratitude and praise for all you have done for us and
continue to do for us through Jesus our Saviour and Lord.
We delight in the sure knowledge that we live in you
and you live in us 24/7 through your Holy Spirit.
We delight in the reality that he fills our hearts with the
certainty of your unconditional love for us and with your
love for all people everywhere.

Lord, you are the God of extravagant love and holiness,
grace and mercy. We remember how Jesus was moved
with compassion towards those in need and miraculously
met those needs. He challenged and empowered his
followers to the same.

Lord, you are seeking to make us more and more like
Jesus. Lord do what you need to do in us so that you
can do what you long to do through us.

Touch our eyes so that we can see what you are doing.

Give us faith and the courage to speak and act with your love and compassion.

Give us strength to be a clear voice against every form of injustice, right here, right now, in this nation and across the world.

It is often said that poverty has a woman's face. Goal 3 seeks to achieve equal ratios of education enrolment for girls and boys. Whilst there has been an increase in gender equity across all education sectors, there remains a great need to stand firm in the commitment to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in education and employment. It is also essential that women play increasingly significant roles in parliament and income-earning employment. The proportion of seats held by women in parliaments in the developing world are higher than ever before. Worldwide, women now hold 18.2% of parliamentary seats. In many developing countries, although women have better access to paid work, their wages are still one third less than men's wages. Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours and produce half of the world's food, yet earn only 10% of the world's income.

Pray with us:

  • Pray for girls to have equal opportunity to attend school and university as their brothers.
  • Ask God to protect women from domestic harm or unfair treatment at work.
  • Pray for global governments to be inclusive of women. Ask God to open up opportunities for women to have their voices heard in politics.
  • Give thanks for the increasing opportunities for women to be involved in parliament and the non-agricultural sector. Pray that this social transformation will help to empower women across the world.