Members of the Kynett church spent time in 2016 praying to end hunger and poverty. In previous years we have written to our government representatives, influencing policies on hunger and poverty. This year the Bread for the World advocacy organization requested prayers. So we prayed.
Praying without ceasing: that’s Paul’s admonition to the Christians at Thessalonica, and it is Scripture’s call to us today.
We know that ending extreme hunger and poverty is possible. In fact, the world’s leaders recently committed to this by 2030 in their adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This goal is also shared by many Christian organizations that assist people struggling with hunger and poverty worldwide. We know this isn’t possible without God.
Together we joined thousands of people around the world in a prayer challenge. When Jesus taught us about prayer, he kept things simple but included a call for the full realization of God’s vision for the world. “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” We prayed that same prayer faithfully and persistently.
We lifted up:
+All people who experience hunger, that God would work to fill them with physical and spiritual food, that He would fill them with good things.
+The church in the US and around the world, that we would raise a chorus of prophetic voices echoing God’s call for justice and an end to hunger.
+Our elected officials in Congress, that they would hear God’s call to end hunger and poverty voiced by so many.
We will continue understanding and praying for the SDGs. In October 2016 we studied and implemented the UN guide: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. The guide gave us recommendations that we can pursue from our couch, our home and outside our home.
“He has heard my voice and my supplications.” Psalm 116:1