manWith this past week designated as National Anti-Poverty Week, our Hour of Prayer focus on Monday night was those who are weakest and most marginalised in our society.

The prayer points we used to guide us at the Hour of Prayer are below. Please join us in prayer.

PRAYERS FOR GODLY LOVE…

Dear children, let us not love with words or speechbut with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:17

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12: 30-31

·         Pray, asking God that he might reveal His heart for people to us. That we might better understand what it means to love and care for the lost, weak & vulnerable.
·         Praise God for the great and flawless example of love he demonstrates for us all. Pray that all our imperfect acts of love would be used for His glory.  
·         Thank God for His mercy and pray that we might be the voices of mercy and genuine love in our community and beyond.
·         Ask that God would give us wisdom and discernment as we seek to put action to Jesus’ command that we love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
·         Pray that we would love those around us through the eyes of the gospel and according to the scriptures, in truth and in response to God’s saving grace.
·         Thank God for His sovereign power and perfect will that sees all and knows all. Ask that we would grow in our trust and submission to His plan, even in the face of great injustice, sorrow and hurt.
 

PRAYERS FOR THE HOMELESS…

Over 100,000 Australian’s will be homeless tonight…  
Half are under 24 years old and 10,000 are children.*

·         Pray for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless in our region tonight; for those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations. For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent. For those struggling with mental illness. For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in. For those who are afraid and hopeless.
·         Pray especially for the children living without a stable home. Ask that these little ones would be seen by God and brought into marvellous relationship with Him through the work of His people and churches.
·         Pray that the Christians endeavouring to bring God’s love and compassion to homeless people might feel His hand upon their work. Ask that God’s will might be done in their lives as they serve Him in this way.
·         Pray for the organisations that deal with the issue of homelessness at a ground level. Pray for wisdom and clarity to fight the right battles and to be emboldened to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
·         Pray for the governing bodies that manage funding and have real power to create change at systemic levels. Pray that God might place His people among them, and that Biblical love and compassion might become the catalyst for change.
·         Pray that each Christian person might see homeless people as precious creations, made in the image of God for His glory. Pray that we never shy away from reaching out whenever we are given the opportunity to do so.

*Department of Family, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs
 
 
PRAYERS FOR THE REFUGEE…

45.2 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2012. The number of refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict alone has grown by more than 1.9 million in just 12 months. UNHCR fears that the number of Syrians displaced could reach 3 million within 2013.*
 
Sadly, Australia is probably now the highest profile example of a wealthy country turning its back on people seeking refuge, with the reintroduction of policies to prevent asylum seekers from remaining in Australian territory.*
 
 ·         Thank God for His almighty mercy in sending His own Son who became a refugee and had no place to call his own. Ask that God might look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, those who are homeless and hungry.
·         Ask that God might bless those who work to bring relief to refugees all over the world; that he might give strength to the hands that feed them, wisdom to the voices that speak for them and courage to the arms that are open to them.
·         Pray specifically for the non-Christian refugees re-settling in the Adelaide region.  Ask God that he might provide them not only with employment & social support but also with opportunities to hear the gospel and respond to it.
·         Pray for the Australian Government as it deals with the complex issues surrounding asylum seekers, particularly those coming by boat. Ask God to raise up Godly leaders who will advocate a Biblical viewpoint on these issues.
·         Pray for those who are prejudiced or hateful towards refugees. Ask that God would soften hearts through the power of His word, for His glory.
·         Pray that God would inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in His Kingdom of justice and of peace.

*Refugee Council of Australia website

PRAYERS FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live substantially shorter lives than other Australians – up to 20 years less in some cases.

Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

·         Praise God for the diversity and differences of the human race. Thank Him that although we are different, we are all made in his image to be used for the praise of His glory.
·         Pray for our healthcare system in Australia, particularly those working towards improving Indigenous health.
·         Pray for those advocating for the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.  Pray for wisdom & clarity as they work through complex generational issues.
·         Pray for those working to make the gospel message readily available to Indigenous Australian’s in ways they understand. Pray for those translating the Bible and those training and mentoring Aboriginal pastors.
·         Pray for all Indigenous Australian who have faced hatred and racism, that they might receive a full measure of God’s grace through the hearing of the gospel message. 
·         Ask God to forgive us and those that have gone before us who have been deceived and disobeyed Jesus’ commandment to love others as we love ourselves. Pray that God would restore and reconcile all Australian’s to Himself and one another.