Prayers of Gratitude and Intercession

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“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130). 

We hear accounts of military forces torturing and killing peaceful protesters, raiding houses and destroying property in Myanmar. A democratically elected government has been displaced. COVID-19 has caused suffering and death, and the people of Myanmar now face increased food and fuel costs at a time of high unemployment. 

God grant our sisters and brothers strength to follow the way of Jesus, “wise as serpents and gentle as doves” (Matthew 10:16). 

Kyrie eleison, Lord have mercy!  

 

Click here to read the president’s pastoral letter to the church in Myanmar 

15 April 2021

Since the military seized power in Myanmar in February, waves of protest have been violently suppressed, with reports of more than 400 citizens killed. Even before the pandemic, poverty affected many households. The political situation has led to even greater economic turmoil, and many households have no financial income. Most church members are in a food crisis.

“Greetings from the crying land of Myanmar,” writes an Anabaptist church leader in Myanmar to the global family. “This is a special request for you to pray for our country, particularly for the vulnerable 400 families of our church people in Yangon and delta region. We believe that prayer can make a difference. God bless you all.”

As a world-wide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God's grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. (Shared Conviction #7)

30 Maret 2021

May God give us wisdom to move forward in the midst of this health emergency and economic and psychological crisis. Peru will hold elections on 11 April 2021. Pray that the process would be transparent and there would be no election fraud. Pray that the new president of our nation and the new congressional leaders would govern with the fear of the Lord.  

--submitted by Antonio Garcia, Conferencia Peruana Hermanos Menonitas

25 Maret 2021

Yesus berkata: berbahagialah orang yang lemah lembut, karena mereka akan memiliki bumi.
Tuhan, kiranya kami dapat menghadirkan kerajaanMu dengan kerendahan hati dan kesabaran.

Yesus berkata: Berbahagialah orang yang murah hati karena mereka akan memperoleh kemurahan.
Tuhan, kiranya kami memiliki kemurahan hati satu sama lain, terutama bagi mereka yang berbeda pendapat dengan kami.

Yesus berkata: Berbahagialah orang yang membawa damai, karena mereka akan disebut anak-anak Allah.
Tuhan, kami ingin dikenal sebagai umat-Mu melalui kasih yang kami berikan untuk semua orang dan melalui kemampuan kami untuk dapat berjalan dengan tenang di dalam suatu konflik sehingga dapat memahami dan mengubah keadaan yang ada.

Tuhan, ajari kami untuk menjadi garamMu di tengah perpecahan, terutama di dalam gereja dan keluarga, dan membawa keadilanMu yang mencerahkan, terutama di mana ada diskriminasi secara sistemik terhadap mereka yang miskin atau orang memiliki warna kulit yang berbeda.

19 Maret 2021

Gereja-gereja Mennonite di Indonesia dengan senang hati menerima tamu-tamu yaitu saudara-saudari Anabaptis dari seluruh dunia yang akan datang menghadiri Temu Raya. Doakan agar tim penggalangan dana dapat menemukan solusi untuk menutup kekurangnan anggaran dan juga upaya penggalangan dana yang dilakukan untuk Global Youth Summit (GYS) dan Temu Raya ke-17.

Doakan juga percepatan proses vaksinasi COVID-19 sehingga semua negara telah terbebas dari virus sebelum akhir tahun 2021. Doakan agar pemerintah Indonesia dapat membuat pilihan bijak dalam menentukan prioritas siapa saja yang harus divaksin dan juga pengadaan akan vaksin tersebut.

18 Maret 2021

Tuhan, Engkau telah membentuk umatMu dengan keragaman di dalam tubuh Kristus. Namun hadiah dalam bentuk keragaman ini terkadang tidak kami inginkan untuk menerimanya. Banyak saudara dan saudari kami memiliki pendapat dan praktik yang berbeda dengan kami, yang kadang membuat kami merasa tidak nyaman. Terus ajari kami melalui RohMu untuk terus memahami bagaimana kami tetap satu walau tanpa harus seragam.

Tuhan, Engkau memanggil kami untuk berbicara satu sama lain dengan jujur ​​dan menegur dengan tulus ketika ada pelanggaran. Beri kami keberanian untuk melakukannya dengan rahmat dan kasih sayangMu. Bimbing kami juga untuk menyelidiki hati kami sendiri akan kegagalan yang telah kami lakukan dan tuntunlah kami  ke dalam pertobatan.

Tuhan, Engkau telah menempatkan kami sebagai pemelihara ciptaanMu di bumi ini. Tunjukkan kepada kami kemuliaanMu lewat apapun yang ada di sekitar kami, baik dalam kelimpahan maupun kerapuhannya. Ampunilah kami yang sering mementingkan diri kami sendiri. Ajari kami untuk merendahkan hati kami saat kami diberi kedudukan untuk berkuasa dan ingatkan kami bahwa tindakan kami dapat membawa pengaruh bagi orang-orang di sekitar kami.

17 Maret 2021

Tuhan,

Saat kami berdoa untuk keadilan iklim, kami berdoa agar Engkau memperkuat komitmen jangka panjang kami terhadap keadilan, perdamaian, dan keutuhan ciptaanMu.

Perubahan iklim telah mengancam hak asasi manusia yaitu sebagai hak universal dan tak terpisahkan bagi semua orang: yaitu hak atas makanan, hak atas air; kesehatan dan perumahan yang layak; politik dan hak-hak sipil lainnya.

Kami ingin mendengarkan suara orang-orang menjadi korban dengan apa yang terjadi saat ini. Tolong bantu kami untuk memahami masalah perubahan iklim ini sebagai masalah sosial sehingga kami dimampukan untuk menghormati martabat manusia demi kebaikan bersama.

Kami berdoa untuk keadilan - antara dunia Utara dan Selatan – yang melampaui generasi - melampaui jender - bagi yang terpinggirkan – bersamaan dengan bagian-bagian lain dari ciptaanMu.

Tuhan, jadikanlah kami alat keadilanMu sehingga kami bukan lagi bagian dari masalah, tetapi bagian dari solusi.

Amin

Ditulis oleh Rebecca Froese, anggota Satuan Tugas Peduli Ciptaan MWC dan jemaat Mennonite Church Hamburg-Altona, Germany.

16 Maret 2021

Thank you, Father God, for always being attentive to us, your sons and daughters, and for listening to all those who call out to you with a humble and contrite heart.

Thank you for having redeemed us from judgement and death through the precious blood of Christ, our Saviour.

Loving Father, we ask you to protect us from all illness and every evil, in the name of your beloved son, Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

—submitted by Elvia Sanchez Torres, Iglesia Berna Menonita, Bogota, Colombia 

15 Maret 2021

The national health system in Portugal has been very brave, but in January, Portugal’s case numbers rose to the highest per capita in Europe. Hospitals are overwhelmed and protective equipment is in short supply. Pray for intervention.—José Arrais

11 Februari 2021

“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints” (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).

Bishop Safari Mutabesha, president of Mennonite Brethren Church Malawi, calls for prayer. Coronavirus cases increased drastically in December with many deaths resulting. Most of his church members are day labourers who live far from medical facilities. “Some of our members are infected (tested positive) and are staying in isolation but have no food,” he writes. Food is scarce in January and February and harvests are far off.

11 Februari 2021

Pray for Gilgal Mission Trust. President Paul Phinehas writes: “Our pastors in our conference are undergoing a lot of financial crises due to lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions. From March 2020 to December 2020 all our churches were closed. All our congregation livelihood opportunities are completely shattered. Many of our congregation are daily labourers and many are working in textiles companies [where demand has dried]. Prices have gone up, but unemployment is more now. Mostly youths lose their studies and youngsters become jobless. Everyone is in a difficult situation both financially and mentally. We kindly request you to pray for us to overcome this situation.” 

11 Februari 2021

Pray that our local congregations find ways to model the love of Christ in their communities which struggle with illness and death due to the pandemic, while at the same time learning how to bridge the political and racial divisions which also exist. Pray that the spirit of unity would bring healing and resilience.

07 Januari 2021

Praise God for the technologies that keep us connected while restrictions keep us apart. May the Spirit give us wisdom to follow Jesus faithfully wherever we are.

07 Januari 2021

Praise God for young people with their energy and desire to learn. May they seek out wise mentors who encourage them to adapt to new ways. May they find opportunities to use their skills in service of the world. May the church welcome young people to grow in leadership and explore new ways of being faithful.

07 Januari 2021

Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) is in the process of discerning God's directions for the coming five years: please pray for us to complete our five-year strategic plan preparation. The situation in the northern region of Ethiopia is in a better condition than one month ago. The MKC members and the community in those areas need trauma healing. There is also a request for peacebuilding training. Pray for us to get resources to do so. Humanitarian organizations are helping the people with basic needs. MKC Relief and Development Association is looking for resources to assist people in communities where MKC churches serve.

—submitted by Desalegn Abebe Ejo  

07 Januari 2021

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?” (James 2:14). With these words, Iglesia Cristiana Menonita De Colombia speaks out against the killing of hundreds of farmers, social leaders, indigenous people, demobilized paramilitaries, and their families. They call the church to practice nonviolence as a way of life; incorporate themes of justice, reconciliation and peace in our teaching, preaching and singing; accompany those who are victims of violence; invite those who commit violence to accept the gospel’s call to repentance and a transformed life; practice solidarity. May we hear their call; may God strengthen us for the long work of seeking justice and building peace.

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07 Januari 2021

“The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Lord, thank you for your patience with us. May we live out our repentence. As we receive your grace, may our lives may call others to come to you.

07 Januari 2021

Thank you, God, for MWC’s regional representatives who labour to represent the situation of churches in their region to MWC and represent MWC’s resources and opportunities to the churches. This work is more difficult now without large conference gatherings and opportunities to visit with church leaders. Give resources to meet the challenges when internet access is poor or relationships with leaders had not been previously established.

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07 Januari 2021

Thank you, Lord, for the unprecedented scientific collaboration and focussed development and testing that allowed a vaccine for COVID-19 to be developed so quickly. We pray for justice in vaccine distribution. May world leaders prioritize not only their own citizens but an equitable distribution of vaccines around the world as a public health good.

 

Praise God for the sacrificial work of health care workers who have given themselves in acts of solidarity, generosity and kindness for those who are most vulnerable, afflicted and in need.  Through their practical help and pastoral and psychosocial accompaniment, they show God’s love in the midst of crisis. Thank you for these lights of hope that bring comfort and peace. Renew their faith, trust and hope.

07 Januari 2021

Dear Lord, as we enter this new year, steady our hearts to spread the gospel of peace. May we follow your Spirit as we work for transformation and justice in this world. Lord, give us courage to proclaim this message in word and action, especially in places where there is corruption, persecution and natural disasters. Thank you for Jesus’ peacemaking example.

07 Januari 2021

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