As you come to pray you may like to read Matthew 25:31-46. This is a difficult passage for many of us. For some it’s difficult because it talks about judgement, about separating the sheep from the goats, and we don’t like the idea of judgment. For others it’s difficult because what it seems to say is that our lives are judged by what we do, – and that seems to contradict the very heart of the gospel, that we are accepted in and through Christ.
Whatever we make of Jesus words here, the one thing they supremely do is underline how important to God it is that we don’t only talk about loving people, but actually do it. How we respond to the hungry, the foreigner, the sick and those who’ve made a mess of their lives reveals whether the faith we profess is real, or not.
But there’s also a promise here; the promise that every act of love, every cup of water given in Jesus name, will somehow contribute to and be part of the coming Kingdom of God. We pray ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’ in our lives as well as with our lips.
Please pray this month especially for:
- New students across the faculty as they find their feet and settle in; and for their families both here in Wales and in some cases overseas.
- Members of staff as they adjust to all the changes over the summer.
- For staff and patients of Aneurin Bevan Hospital, Ebbw Vale
- For the Welsh Assembly Govt as they make decisions about the allocation of resources across Wales
- For children and young people who arrive in hospital emergency departments suffering the effects of alcohol. In the last year 283 under-age drinkers were taken to hospitals in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and 221 to hospitals in Cardiff and the Vale.
- Pray for the staff and clients of the Cardiff Alcohol Treatment Centre that operates in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. Pray too for other town centres across the region without such a centre and the health care professionals who work there.
- For all health care professionals who are demoralised and discouraged for any reason.
- Pray for Health Care Professionals across Europe as each country faces the challenges of greater financial austerity. Pray for those responsible for public policy, that they might be inspired by creativity and compassion.
- As you offer yourself and your work to God, pray the Lord’s prayer: ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.’