We give thanks to God, our Father in Heaven, that we can serve Him through caring for people and the world.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
For people affected by Ebola
(excerpt from Tearfund prayer news)
Lord God our comforter, we pray for the communities affected by the current Ebola outbreak which has claimed over 5,000 lives. We lift up the thousands of families who have lost their loved ones, and ask that they will be comforted and kept safe from infection. We lift up individuals in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea who are infected by the virus. We pray that they will have access to medical care and be restored to full health. Father, we pray for the people of West Africa who are living in fear and distress because of the Ebola outbreak. We pray that effective prevention measures will be put in place, and ask that medical supplies and hygiene kits will reach those most in need. We pray also for protection of Tearfund partner staff and other aid workers in the area.
For people in humanitarian crisis
(excerpt from CEDAR fund e-Prayer)
The United Nations have declared a ‘Level 3 Emergency’, the highest level of humanitarian crisis, for Iraq. Three other crises in the world are currently sharing the same emergency status: Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. As a result of displaced people, many refugee families have been separated; children have been torn from their parents — killed, kidnapped or have disappeared in the chaos. Many refugees report that they had to leave behind their elderly whom they could not carry. Others who made it safely to the sheltering camp gave reports of young girls and women forced to stay behind and of being sold. Families say that their young men were killed.
Let’s pray for God’s protection of the minority ethnic and religious groups, especially for the vulnerable children, women and the elderly. Pray that those who are being raped and sold as slaves will be rescued soon. Pray for all those who have fled their homes and are living in fear and uncertainty. Ask God to keep them safe, provide for their needs and pour out His comfort and healing on all who are grieving. Lift up leaders in the affected areas and around the world to seek for a solution to the crisis.
For people in Hong Kong
We ask God for His grace to cover every situation of unrest in Hong Kong. We pray that the protestors will begin to have hope and will retreat from the streets while real progress is being prayed for and beginning to be achieved. We pray that the pro-democracy demonstration will not overshadow the need for individual hearts to turn toward Jesus in repentance and have faith. We pray that Hong Kong becomes a place for the glory of God to shine and for His peace to reign.
For the Environment
God has entrusted to us the duty of protecting our environment and to be good stewards of the earth. ‘God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ <Genesis 1:28>
There is a cost involved in protecting our environment – higher-priced goods and less convenience, but God has loved us and paid a high price for our redemption, so this should prompt us to act according to His will.
God created us to share in His love and His fellowship. Therefore, we need to learn to be less selfish, less self-centred, and instead care for people and our environment. We are ‘not to look to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others’ <Philippians 2:4>
May God help us to be more aware and to take responsibility for our environment as we steward what He has given to us and imitate Him in self-sacrifice and self-denial.
David Chau, Carelinks secretary