O Powerful Father, Please make me a diligent worker in your Kingdom. Help me not to be lazy or selfish with my time, energy and money. You are a God of action and intervention in the problems and troubles of people. Help us to pattern our lives after your example and become involved in the struggles of our neighbors. Give us the heart to walk into difficult situations, and make a difference for hurting people. And make us fully aware of your presence with us at all times. We know that we are weak and ineffective on our own, Lord, but with your help and power behind us, we can move mountains in your service. Keep us busy in the joyful labors of mercy and justice. Amen
a prayer taken from For They Shall Be Fed, edited by Ronald J. Sider.
Make us aware of how much we, at times, benefit from the oppression of others. We seek our bargains at department stores without ever asking if those bargains were made possible by children laboring for a pittance in some dingy sweat shop, or by some women working for starvation wages in a Third World country.
Lord, help us realize that the beef we eat may have been raised on land that was once a rain forest home for natives in Brazil or Belize; and that the fruit we eat may have been grown on land in a Third World nation where people needed the land to grow food for themselves and for their children.
Lord, help us to acknowledge that the good life is often ours because the poor of the world are exploited…. And then show us what to do to make things right so that such injustice is vanquished and your shalom is everywhere.
A prayer from Tony Campolo from for they shall be fededited by Ronald J. Sider.