Monday, 3 September 2018

DAY 29 PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 2 September
71 days to go
At one time you were far away from God. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. He spilled his blood for you. This has brought you near to God. Christ himself is our peace.
Ephesians 2:11-18 (NIRV)

CHRIST OUR PEACE
Around the world God is working through his children who, as advocates for peace, bring healing to those whose lives have been damaged by war. Some wounds are still raw and sensitive since the conflicts may be recent or continuing. In those cultures, without a Christian world-view, the call for revenge has to be replaced with a desire to forgive. The process begins with those who are willing to take a first step towards forgiveness.

One of my friends conducts ‘Healing the wounds of ethnic conflict’ workshops in war-torn areas. Another is writing reconciliation songs in culturally-sensitive ways and training young people from such areas to sing them. Another has had to be moved out of a war-torn zone for her own safety. Another is bringing aid to refugees and orphans in war-torn Iraq and seeking to disciple them. Some address the historical nature of continuing antagonism in order to dismantle ongoing prejudice and foster reconciliation. Others are seeking to follow God’s leading in restorative justice, in dealing with past genocides, as in Rwanda.

As we pray today for the victims from the various wars, let us pray particularly for women and girls. They are the ones who face the trauma of losing their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons. They are the innocent victims. Their grief is seldom recognised, but God sees, knows, and empathises. Can they learn to forgive also?

PRAYER
Father, thank you that forgiveness is always available from you. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Please help all those who need to forgive their enemies to do so with grace and love, and to embrace all that is involved, with Christ’s help. Amen

ACTION
Fill a shoe-box with children’s goodies and take it to a refugee family who have fled a conflict zone. Listen to their story, and respond with love and understanding.

Brian Mills is a British-based, international prayer leader and author, and helps lead the international reconciliation movement.

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