15th May 2018

Daily Reading: 15 May

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

Ask God to equip and guide us to do his will on earth.

 

Something to read

 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10 from full reading Matthew 6:5-15

 

Something to think about

Did you learn the Lord’s Prayer by heart as a child? It’s easy to fall into saying the words by habit, forgetting their true meaning. When we pray ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ do we resign ourselves, even when praying for the world God wants to come into being? Or do we offer ourselves in obedience and ask God to equip and guide us to do his will on Earth?

Marcelin lost his home in Hurricane Matthew. He’s a single dad to three teenage girls, and they’re now forced to live in a 2x2m concrete block that used to be a communal shower, with no windows and only a single bed. Marcelin can no longer afford to send his girls to school, and struggles to put enough food on the table. His daughters are worried about him, anxious that he doesn’t eat enough for someone doing so much hard labour. They’re scared he could get sick and die. Marcelin prays: ‘Lord give me the strength and courage, because I have three children to care for.’

 

Something to do

Will you pray with and for Marcelin? With your help we can build Marcelin a new home, and give his family a fighting chance for a better life.

 
Marcelin and his daughters outside the concrete block they live in
 

Something to pray

Kingdom prayer

Holy God, in your kingdom

The strong need the weak,

The rich are transformed by the poor,

The fortunate are welcomed by the homeless.

Your kingdom is built by those who expect their God to come.

Amen.

 

The reflections this week are based on the Christian Aid Week devotional.


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