From Christian Post -
LONDON – Christians in the United Kingdom will unite this week with fellow believers around the world in praying for an end to global poverty.
As part of Tearfund’s Global Poverty Prayer Week, Feb. 23-March 1, churches are calling out with one voice for God’s intervention in areas affected by poor sanitation and lack of clean water, climate change, and high rates of HIV among other challenges.
"Whichever way you look at it, God has invited us to be part of restoring this fallen, broken, beautiful world. He has given us the privilege of partnership. And we know that he answers prayer."
Prayer requests have been received from Cambodia, Uganda, Haiti, Myanmar and Darfur, among other countries.
"The impact of the world recession is a thread that links many of them," according to a recent Tearfund statement.
Frost pointed to a recent prayer effort which saw thousands of Tearfund supporters joining with others around the world in prayer for people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo under the regime of rebel leader General Nkunda.
“For me the excitement is in getting hundreds of young people up and down the country in prayer rooms for a week talking to God about justice. They can’t not be changed as a result,” she said.
“I don’t think you can come before God and ask him how he feels about the injustices of this world and not be changed because it is something that burns so passionately in his heart and we see throughout the Bible that God is for the poor the oppressed and the marginalized.”
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
When I read the story from the Christian Post I immediately thought of the above Scripture.
Throughout the whole story I didn't find one mention of someone praying that these people would also have the gospel preached to them.
I saw the words oppressed, marginalized, suffering, justice, fair, chaos, etc.
I read about ending global inequality and building a low carbon future. I read about how excited the youth were to venture into this prayer time to talk to God about justice. Justice?
Where do these youth think all these different people groups are going when they die without a Savior?
Should Christians be helping the poor and correcting conditions that lead to poverty in our land and around the world? Sure, I think Christians are the world leaders in that area.
But is it not more Scriptural to be praying for the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest than to be praying for social injustice?
The harvest is truly ripe and the laborers are few.
Paul Washer said that there should be only two kinds of Christians when it comes to missionary work- Those who go down into the well and those who hold the rope for those who go down into the well.
If you can't go down into the well (the harvest field), please support (prayers or financially) someone who can.
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