In God's Hands - praying in partnership with churches around the world.
This week we pray for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama
Give thanks for:
Those who send money back home so their families can live.
Those who, like Christ, have endured humiliation, torture and death because of their embodiment of love, freedom and justice.
Continuing efforts by the church, civil governments, the UN and other agencies to create an enduring culture of peace.
The continuing beauty and richness of the land, and those who advocate its wise and equitable use.
The Latin American Council of Churches, especially its Mesoamerica Region, and its realization of a holistic mission of evangelism and social witness.
Those people who live with the hard realities of persistent poverty, hunger, malnutrition, homelessness and unemployment.
Farm workers and indigenous peoples, who are endangered by the loss of their lands and livelihoods, and those already displaced who seek shelter in land invasion communities.
Street children, especially in urban areas.
Women exploited in jobs where they are often treated as slaves.
Prayer: ‘God of justice’
Hear, O God, the cries of your oppressed people.
It is a fight between good and evil,
between justice and injustice.
Lord, make your light shine upon us,
and guide us by your Spirit,
for we are cast down, but not defeated,
afflicted, but not in despair.
This is not a fight against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the hosts of evil in heavenly places.
Come, Lord, free us from the yoke of oppression
that has been laid upon us!
It is as if we were in a dark tunnel,
but we know that in your light we shall see light.
Do not leave us in the hands of our enemies,
who have joined against us,
all those who selfishly seek their own good
and act violently, trampling over their neighbours,
so as to reach their goals.
They thus hate justice,
they wish to devour us, destroy us,
day and night they are plotting evil.
Why do you tarry, Lord, in making your power felt?
They put their trust in money,
in influence, in bribery…
But we, Lord, put our trust in you,
our salvation comes from you.
May those who desire evil for us
be confounded and put to shame.
(Mendelson Dávila Amaya, Nicaragua)
Loving God, I offer myself to you.
May my mind think of you,
and my eyes see the needs of others.
May my ears hear the cries of the world
and my voice speak of you.
May my hands work for your reign
and my feet walk on your path.
May my life be used in your service
and my heart love you more than anything else.
May the joy of the Lord be my strength to serve him
all the days of my life.
(Opening worship of the regional meeting of the Methodist Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, 11 May 2002, Panama)
Christ our true God,
risen from the dead,
whose tomb is brighter than any royal hall,
will have mercy on us,
and save us,
for this is a good God who loves us all.
(From a memorial service for Oscar Romero, El Salvador. Living Beyond Our Means, World Student Christian Federation, Geneva, Switzerland.