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Building on our earlier prayers of intercession, we are incorporating the Prayer Cycle issued by the World Council of Churches, which seeks to pray for every country in the world throughout the year, thus reminding us we are part of the global church and not just working in isolation in this little corner of North East Fife. Each week we will pray for a different group of countries.
We are also including the Prayer Cycle issued by the organisation Open Doors, which supports Christians, both practically and spiritually, in countries where people are persecuted for their faith. Open Doors recently published a World Watch List which lists the top 50 countries in the world where this is the case, four of which are mentioned above.
We also pray regularly for our Mission partners Keith and Ida Waddell based in Malawi.
We are reminded in scripture that we are the body of Christ, and if one part suffers, every part suffers with it, so by standing alongside our brothers and sisters in prayer, this can be one small contribution towards Christian Unity and a reminder not to take our freedom to worship for granted.
Ever present God, strengthen us today in faith as we each struggle, hope and pray for the steadfastness to follow You in these difficult times. When the world is hungry for Your presence, is in need of Your care, is crying out for your love, where spreading Your word and Your mission is harder, yet ever more necessary, guide us today and every day, as we seek to do Your will in this ever changing world.
Through Jesus Name we pray
A Prayer Calling for Justice
by Chris Polhill
may we hear you calling for justice:
through the poor in a world of plenty;
through those oppressed by harsh regimes;
in the voices of the victims of religious legalism;
in the cries of the earth polluted by human greed;
in places where economies downgrade talent;
and efficiency outweighs care;
in the voices of the vulnerable in our hamlets and cities.
May the peace we seek
reflect your justice
and express your compassion and care.
Through Jesus Christ, who refused to bow to despots and deals.