December focus on HIV/AIDS
While we’ve been focusing on the issue of HIV/AIDS for the month of December, on this Christmas day we want to broaden that and invite you to pray for justice, God’s justice. We want to pray that it will be done in our world right now during our time and the great thing is that we get to participate in it. You will need a candle to light and matches or a lighter. Sit in a room where you can turn out the light and when reading, read out loud. Feel free to grab a family member or friend to join you.
1. TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
Long ago the people of God were waiting for the Messiah, as they waited they were oppressed and they felt they were sitting in complete darkness. They prayed that God would send the promised Messiah. Jesus is the one who God sent, the Redeemer, to seek and save the lost.
Scripture ~ Luke 2:25–40
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
3. LIGHT A CANDLE
Jesus is the light of the world and the light of our lives.
On this Christmas day pray for:
- all who are in darkness, who are lost.
- the Light of Jesus to be known to all.
- healing (body & spirit), for those who are sick and especially those living with HIV or battling with AIDS.
- community for the lonely and those who are dealing with HIV/AIDS.
- a feast for those who are hungry.
- warmth and shelter for those who are cold and vulnerable.
- hope for all who have lost hope as they have encountered challenges in this life.
- peace to extinguish violence between people, groups, tribes, communities, nations.
- yourself to see with Christ’s eyes, and act with Christ’s actions to love those around you.
Lastly… on this Christmas day of 2009, pray for the Light of the world to fill the earth.
Drop by next Friday for our January justice issue prayer focuses but in the meantime ………. MERRY CHRISTMAS!Tweet