There has been progress in some areas, but, frankly, things are not looking good out there, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Having expensive wars, crime, indulging in corrupt government, and otherwise tiddling about, still seems to be more important than
- eliminating extreme hunger,
- providing primary education
- promoting gender equality
- reducing child mortality
- improving maternal health
- Combating HIV/AIDS
- Promoting environmental sustainability
- agreeing a global model for development
O Lord, our great and awesome God, loyal to your promise of love and faithful to all who honour and obey you, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who live in poverty,
we cry out for those who are denied justice and
we weep for all who are suffering.
We confess that we have not always obeyed you.
We have neglected your commands and have ignored your call for justice.
We have been guided by self-interest and lived in spiritual poverty.
We remember your promises to fill the hungry with good things, to redeem the land by your mighty hand and to restore peace.
Father God, help us always to proclaim your justice and mercy with humility, so that, by the power of your Spirit, we can rid the world of the sin of extreme poverty.
As part of your global church, we stand with millions who praise and worship you.
May our words and deeds declare your perfect goodness, love and righteousness to both the powerful and the powerless
so that your Kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen