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“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.”
Pray that our love for others may reflect God’s love for us and for all, not our desire for recognition.
After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.
Pray that God will reveal himself in new and surprising ways to those who despair of their ability to cope.
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
Pray that we recommit ourselves to God’s service, in the certainty of his constant love and amazing grace.
Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”
Pray that church and government will work together to provide the poor and needy with life’s necessities.
Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
Give thanks to God for blessing the good seeds sown through the caring ministry of Lutheran Community Care and local congregations.
That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat. These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.” So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them. After this the people gathered the food morning by morning, each family according to its need. And as the sun became hot, the flakes they had not picked up melted and disappeared.
Pray for an equal distribution of this world’s goods, knowing that God has provided for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.
Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
Pray that God would suppress our tendency to work out who deserves our help and who doesn’t.
Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Pray that LCC will provide a safe haven for all who seek it out for nurture, protection and guidance.
“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”
Pray that we can treat all people with respect and welcome those who have to flee their home countries.
“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan.”
Pray that God will provide LCC and other caring organisations with the resources for ministry to the most vulnerable.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
Give thanks to God for showing us the joy that comes from ‘irresponsible extravagance’ in service to others.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”
Give thanks for those who see children as precious gifts and protect and nurture them.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.”
When the plans we have seem to fail, pray for the wisdom to let go of them and work out what is truly helpful for those we care for.
Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”
Pray for the Board and the Executive of LCC, for wisdom to hold on to the best from the past and the courage to venture into new fields.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
With our minds on Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves and two fish, pray that our vast supply of leftovers will not be wasted.
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
When our good intentions fade and we become fearful, a prayer that Jesus would give us courage to serve.
“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!
Pray that we reflect God’s non-discriminating love to those we find unlovable, all the more desperately in need of our love.
And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!
Pray that we would learn to give without thinking that one good turn deserves another, to give without thought of return.
And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
Pray that Jesus would free us from the economic rationalism that depends on wealth for security and refuses to take risks for the good of all.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.”
Pray for understanding that the log in our own eye impairs our vision and makes us quick to judge.
Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
Pray for a new appreciation of the depth and extent of the forgiveness we enjoy, and Jesus’ insistence that it flow freely to others, even to ‘the ungrateful and the wicked’ (6:35).
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
Pray to understand that giving does not deplete us but enriches us in ways that can’t be imagined in advance.
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Pray to find what is life giving for others and for ourselves.
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”
Give thanks for the love and generosity of foster carers who welcome children into their families.
O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
Pray for those who have no hope, that we may be willing to walk alongside them.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Pray for all who connect to LCC in grief and pain, and for wisdom to counsellors and support workers.
The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.” So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.
Pray for all involved in LCC’s New Neighbours program, that people feel safe and welcome.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Pray for LCC’s work at Peachey Place, that the community garden will help build community and understanding.
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
Give thanks for all volunteers and the selfless way in which they serve.
The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
Give thanks for those who teach learn, and for wisdom for LCC’s Centre for Learning and counsellors.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Pray that the work of LCC in Central Australia will enable children, families and communities to grow strong and resilient.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Give thanks for the chorus of prayers offered throughout the SA-NT District for the staff and the work of LCC.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Give thanks for the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers at LCC.
1 Thessalonians 1:2,3
We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Give thanks for the work of LCC in the Barossa Valley and for the generous community support.
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Give thanks for those who don’t count the cost of serving others.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
Pray for faith to see the life that comes from the seed that dies in the desert.
1 Corinthians 11:21
For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.
A petition that the church pray and work towards reducing the gap between rich and poor, because we eat at one table.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Give thanks for the gift of love from God and for each other.
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Give thanks for Jesus who knew suffering so that we might be free to love and care for others.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
Pray for those who experience the dark night of the soul that Jesus pathway from grief to joy may inspire all who work for change and pray for healing.