Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Moment to pray for Zimbabwe

I've agonised over our people in Zimbabwe. Suffering at the hands of a dilusional tyrant, blissfully unaware of what is going on around him, they need our support and prayers as we reflect on the ancient story of the birth of the Jesus, in face of tyrans, who think that this world belongs to them. Then I stumbled across this prayer.

It is a suggestion that this prayer be done at a point in the service where the intercessory prayers are normally offered. A moment of silence may be observed before the light is lit and then the prayer offered as suggested.

We light this candle in solidarity with the suffering people of Zimbabwe:

My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour …
God has shown His mercy on those who fear Him
From Generation to Generation
He has shown strength with His arm
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts
He has put down the mighty from their thrones
And exalted the lowly
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His Mercy
(Luke 1:46,48-54)

Plea for Zimbabwe
God of Compassion
We take this solemn moment to pray for the suffering people of Zimbabwe
There is greed and destruction by those that are in power in your land
They have mismanaged the economy and resources of your people and
Your people live in hunger in a country that used to produce plenty for all
God of Compassion, you weep with those who suffer from oppression and exclusion

I was hungry and you did not give me food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink

God of Justice
We express with you our anger at the evil committed by those who are power hungry
Your people live in fear from persecution by the militia and oppressors
Many have risk their lives daily running to other lands where they suffer from exclusion
Many more die in the prisons where they have been held for daring to speak
God of Justice, you always hear the cries of those who suffer innocently

I have seen the oppression of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows

God of Mercy
We pray for your mercy upon the children, the old, those disabled and the infirm
There are many who are dying from cholera, AIDS, and many other diseases
We pray for the mothers who are nursing their new born babies and
We lift to you the medical personnel that still remain in a health system that has collapsed
God of Mercy, hear the prayers of your children as we intercede for the innocent

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you

God our Liberator
We await the day when the sun will rise again in Zimbabwe
When the oppressor will be dethroned and there be peace and reconciliation
May the clouds of freedom gather quickly and beckon all your scattered children all over
We pray that a day of homecoming for your children in the diaspora may be near
May your church be the herald of such a day when all shall again sing a new song

Let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream

Prepared by Moiseraele Prince Dibeela
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