PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 16 – 22 JULY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
Isaiah 57:18
“I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them. I will lead them and help them.”
• Thank God for Mandela and the peaceful transition he orchestrated on his release from prison, thank God for his ability to forgive and his tireless work to rebuild our nation.
• Pray for our economy, that government may be inspired with ways to turn it around that will benefit all our people
• Pray ongoing against crime, corruption and the land issues
• Pray for our health Crises, that there will be great wisdom in decisions made regarding the NHS plan, that the government will listen to the professionals, take advice and develop an effective and workable plan
• Continue to pray against racial divides and all those that are determined to perpetuate this for their own gain.
Amen.”

THE GOD WE CAN KNOW #2 – I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE – 15 JULY 2018

Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 9th – 15th July 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Share about a time when you ate, felt full, but not satisfied. Why was that and how did you feel (other than not satisfied)?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ John 6:27-59
1. We experience and chase after different kinds of fullness: Communication and Stuff being 2 examples. Perhaps you can think of others? The drive for fulness can leave us feeling a little ‘blue.’ What in your life can you not live without? How do you react/feel when the power goes out (load shedding), or the phones and Internet go down? Do you enjoy what you have or are you always striving for more? An insidious nature for hunger makes you a consumer more than an enjoyer? Do you agree?

2. Think about the people in the story – less than 24 hrs have passed, they follow Jesus looking for another miracle. What similarities do you see in yourself or even in others, in the way that they follow Jesus today?

3. If people in this story represent all of humanity, past and present, what does it say about us that we receive a miracle, answer to prayer, etc. one day and on the next we say to God, “What will you do for me/us now?”

4. CS Lewis made the statement: “I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are substitutes for joy?” Reflecting on this and that Jesus said: “I am the Bread of Life” (v. 35) – What do you think Jesus meant by this?

5. Some ways we can get to satisfaction is to follow some spiritual disciplines. Fasting comes to mind. Not everyone can fast from food. What other ways could one fast, remembering that it is a practice of self-denial?

6. Rob Fuquay, makes the suggestion that “we move from Expecting to Accepting.” What do you think this could mean?

7. He also says, “Focus more on feeding than on being fed.” Quite powerful words that remind us to focus on making others full instead of making oneself full. This is part of our call to Discipleship. In offering yourself or your resources to others have you ever experienced a sense of being fed when you focussed on feeding the other? Share this experience with your group.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 9 – 15 JULY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Mathew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Please Pray:

• All Christians in South Africa to be “salt” in our Country. Pray that every Christian hears God’s call to be obedient and trust Him no matter how small or insignificant they feel God’s call is.
• All Children in South Africa, where there is a great divide between rich and poor. Pray for children from wealthy and privileged homes to not view money as their God, to not be spiritually poor but to be humble and sensitive to others needs. To seek ways to help those less fortunate than them. Pray for children from poor homes to not despair, to look to God for provision, to hear God and follow him.
• Ongoing prayer against corruption, that more will be exposed, and our country will be able to heal and prosper.
• Continue to pray for the land issue, that it may be resolved as God requires, to enable us to move on as a Nation.
• Pray against racism, pray for acceptance of each other, and to see each other as all God’s children, loved equally by God.

Amen.

“Love to pray. Feel often during the day the need for prayer, and take trouble to pray. Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and keep him as your own. [From A Gift for God by Mother Teresa]

THE GOD WE KNOW #1 – KNOWING THE GREAT I AM – 8 JULY 2018

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 2nd – 8th July 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Do you know the meaning of your name and surname? Share with your group.
If not, make it your mission this week to find out.

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ Exodus 3:1-14
1. What do you think of the thought that God wants to be recognised, doesn’t hide or avoid us – God wants to be known? Think about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses and the prophets – how do they help us to understand this question/statement?

2. God has called Moses to a dangerous mission – go to the one who holds the power and who knows that the Israelite slaves contribute to the prosperity of Egypt and ask him to let them go. In view of this, why do you think it was important to Moses that he knew the name and meaning of God’s name?

3. What do you think is significant about God’s name “I AM” and what message is God giving to Moses by telling him this name for Godself?

4. In verse 4 God says to Moses, “Here I am.” (in some translations – I will be there). How does this statement encourage you today, especially when going through some tough times? Is God enough for you in those times? Why or why not?

5. In John’s Gospel we find the “I AM” statements of Jesus (Found in Chapters 6-15). By using these words Jesus identifies with the God of Moses. The God called “I AM” can be fully known in Jesus. Thinking of today, symbols like bread, light, shepherding, grapevines, and so on, can initially be strange things to associate with Jesus. But think about it carefully – how are they relevant to you today, in your current spiritual journey?

6. There is the thought that “We are not just made by God, we are made out of God.” So, for example we are made out of God’s goodness, power, strength, and love. How can getting to know who God is, help us to know more who we are?

7. How would you finish the sentence, “I am…” about yourself? Are you tempted to think about less desirable traits? What about the attributes you believe describe God – would you use these for yourself? Why or why not?

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 2 – 8 JULY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

“Mathew 5:16
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden… Let your light shine before men…”

Please Pray this week for –
• Pray for all Churches in South Africa to shine God’s Light into our land
• Pray that God’s light and truth shines into the dark places to reveal corruption and sin
• Pray our government will act where necessary in a Godly way to root out evil and remove it from our society
• Pray for all Christians to live their faith into our Country for miraculous change – to be Shining Lights.
• Wisdom in the plans for the National Health Insurance – that all may have access to good health care.
• The safety of children during the school holidays – especially against predators and others who seek to prey on the vulnerable.
• Cape Town that has now been hit by floods – for emergency services and the community to help those most in need.
• Continue to pray for the refugee crisis in Europe, and a peaceful outcome for all nations in the Middle Eastern conflict/s.

“Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God, the more we know (God) the more we will desire to know (God.” Brother Lawrence – The Practice of the Presence of God.

Amen.