Week 44 - Indian Ocean Islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles

28 October - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Religious freedom in Madagascar and the increase of church attendance due to mission outreach.
  • The in-depth growth of Christian spirituality and the spread of the charismatic renewal movement in all denominations.
  • Those who work tirelessly to bring healing to those who are hurting and suffering due to illness, unemployment and poverty.
  • Churches which work for economic justice and engage in diakonia, especially among the poor in society.
  • Effective work for development among the poor in Christian humility and faithfulness.
  • Every Christian who shares the good news of God’s reign as well as their own lives with those who have not yet or no longer recognize Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
  • The shepherds, evangelists, lay leaders in the churches in Madagascar who work tirelessly to share the love of Christ with the whole nation through word and deed.
  • The empowering presence of the Lord who accompanies mission outreach throughout the Indian Ocean area.
  • Christians who accompany their repentance with service and support of the mission of the church.
  • The strengthening of ecumenical cooperation between the historical churches, including the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Peaceful coexistence and cultural and economic cooperation between the islands of the Indian Ocean.
  • Those in society who speak on behalf of the silenced or unheard until the blind in high places can see and until all the excluded find a home in the life of the nation.
  • The hope for a future where every citizen would live in the dignity of God’s children.

Pray for:

  • An awakening of the churches’ leadership in the political arena, that their eyes and ears be opened to the plights and cries of the people and that their hearts be wise to discern what makes for peace with justice.
  • Interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
  • That all believers assume their gift of priesthood and thus carry one another’s burden for the sake of the mission of the church.
  • Good governance and leadership with vision.
  • Those living along coastal lines, that they may be protected from the devastation of annual typhoons and hurricanes, and those living in arid places that they may be saved from drought and famine.
  • The leading of the Spirit for churches to renounce self-justification and rather work for the establishment of justice and human rights for all.
  • Christians in the southern islands to be more eloquent with their deeds than with their words.
  • A faithful witnessing to the way of the Lord in political and economic arenas.
  • God’s justice to prevail in the political arenas and for good results from elections.
  • God’s love to permeate and transform all the work of the churches in the islands.
  • Churches to find ways to cooperate in love and trust in the common goal of pointing to the in-breaking reign of God in Christ.
  • Every Christian to gain understanding of and commitment to God’s justice in society.

PRAYER 

Lord Jesus,
the storm is life and life is the storm
and there is no escaping it;
but what matters is that you are in the storm with us,
a beacon and a presence that is sure.

From Madagascar, www.cms-uk.org/prayer-month.htm Used with permission.

Our heavenly Father,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we glorify you,
we give thanks to you,
for in your infinite mercy you extended your family
to include the islands of the sea,
even islands at the end of the earth:
Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.
We praise your name
for you moved your Holy Spirit
who stirred and sustained
a century-long revival movement in Madagascar,
an awakening to your power that brought transformation, reconciliation,
healing and empowerment.
We magnify your name
for through this revival the different denominations have discovered
a spirit-filled way to come to a unity in diversity.
Lord of the church,
we pray that the churches be strengthened in their spirituality,
one that would powerfully engage them
in a priestly and prophetic way in the midst of their local contexts.
Strengthen the churches to recover their sight
and so to resist overt and covert manipulation
in the political arena,
from either government officials or politicians.
God of all creation and nature, we pray for the inhabitants of these islands,
that they may be spared the devastation of cyclones or typhoons
with the open seas lashing every year against the coastal areas,
causing suffering and loss for the population.

© 2005 Péri Rasolondraibe, Antananarivo, Madagascar.