Salt and light

March 13, 2010

The bulk of Sudan’s salt is produced by solar evaporation of Red Sea brine. The consumption of iodized salt in Sudan is as low as 11 per cent. Each year, about 1 million newborn children (91 per cent of all newborn children) are not protected against brain damage due to lack of iodine consumption by mothers, and 142,000 of these are born with iodine deficiency consequences. The brain damage to these children is irreversible and can lead to a reduction of up to 15 points in IQ levels in endemic areas in Sudan.

Matthew 5:13-16 (New International Version)
“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 by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Satan would cause Sudan to hide its light and not release the salt which will preserve a lost and dying world. He will do everything he can to silence Your children.
Christ be in the spirits of Your children in Sudan that they may shine like a city on a hill. May their words and deeds praise You.
In the name of Christ Jesus, we bind all that would silence Your Sudanese children, and we loose the spirit of testimony. Provide all of the spiritual nutrients needed for the establishment of Your kingdom in Sudan. May it be rooted in love.
Father, we pray not only for spiritual salt, but also for the edible salt. Provide all of the micronutrients needed for their bodies and minds to grow into the stature of Christ. Amen.

Blessings over Sudan

March 13, 2010

Excerpts from Numbers 23 and 24

Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!”

He answered, “Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?”

Christ, be in the mouth of all who speak of Sudan.

Then [Balaam] uttered his oracle: 
“Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor.  God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless;  he has blessed, and I cannot change it.  . . .  The LORD their God is with them;  the shout of the King is among them.

Father, may Your shout be among Your children in Sudan.  Indeed, may all the earth shout for joy to You.  Raise up shouts that resound through the heavens over Sudan.

When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him and he uttered his oracle: ” . . . . May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”

Holy Spirit, bless the intercessors for Sudan.  Vivify their spirits that their intercessions will be multiplied manifold. 

Triune God, we speak blessings to the enemies of Sudan because that is what Jesus taught us to do.  You know their needs far better than we.  Bless the Muslim government in Khartoum and the military.  Bless the international oil companies.  Bless the Chinese arms dealers.  Bless the janjawid.  Bless the Lord’s Resistance Army.  Bless the animists and the witch doctors.  Lord, bless all of the enemies of Your Sudanese children.  Bless them at their point of need.

We see through a glass darkly.  This land has known heartache for millenia.  It has suffered greatly by the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Devour these unseen forces in Sudan.  Amen.

Lent Quotes: How Much Do We Thirst?

March 13, 2010

I was struck by this quote from yesterday’s devotional from Church of the Resurrection Tampa (posted at Anglican Mainstream here)

Lent is the time of our lives where we are most especially called to reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves, how much do we thirst for an intimate relationship with our loving Jesus who is just waiting for us to respond to His love? It is the time that we must deeply ponder how much do we thirst for a life that is life-giving to others?

May the Lord not only increase our hunger and thirst for Him and His righteousness this Lent, but may we also by His grace experience how He satisfies all our thirst and desires with good things.

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