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Missional Matters #1 - Called to Prayer

I’ve been asked to provide a weekly practical missional resource during the Covid-19 lockdown. Mission usually involves being with another person - talking, socialising, doing something - being practical. How can we be practical when we’re staying at home, mixing with no one outside our bubble? I’d be happy to receive your ideas. Although mission involves practical activities, it begins with prayer. A month of lockdown provides a great opportunity to form a new prayer habit for local and global mission. Alan Jamieson, the NZ Baptist Global Mission Director writes…

We are in a global village. This bug is affecting us all - everywhere. Including the people we have sent into global mission work and their communities. We are in regular communication with them and are very aware of the personal anxiety, community fear and economic impacts. Again, it’s the vulnerable and poor who are hurt the most. The very people we are called to love and focus on. Please pray for God’s people world-wide including those we have sent in global mission. History shows that diseases like this have spread globally before, and in these times some Christians have heard God’s voice and shone in prayer and actions to the surprise of society and drawing many to faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s pray that we too would hear God’s voice, pray and obey in our time to shine.

Prayer

May we who are merely inconvenienced

remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close

remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,

Let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

Amen.

Please join me in reading this again and pray your way slowly through it. Perhaps use it as a pre-dinner grace prayer.


See you next week

Julian


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