Category Archives: church 2.0

Christian suffering in India

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I used this passage to do what he said at the end:

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return;
when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

(1 Peter 2)

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Prayer on the internet

I’ve been following the prayer requests made at WeTheChurch.org on Twitter over the past few months. People go to the WeTheChurch website and anonymously submit either requests for prayer or praise which are then published on the site, and to their Twitter account.

I was skeptical about the quality of prayer this would produce, and only signed up out of curiosity, but I’ve been fairly impressed. There certainly are plenty of selfish prayers, but the majority of the prayers I have seen have been people thanking God or expressing deep desires for others’ spiritual, physical and mental health.

Most of the praise points concern various physical and relational blessings where God’s provision is felt, but there also lots of prayers that praise God’s character:

All glory be to you Lord, for you are the head over all! Thank you for loving us, and walking with us every moment of our lives!

As I’ve read through the prayer requests, I’ve been struck by how many of the more selfish prayers (I use the term selfish loosely) are about work. 13 of the 100 prayers on the front page mention ‘job’ or ‘work’. Here’s a sampling:

NEED a full-time job. Please pray for God’s blessing. Thank you.

On Monday I have THE most important job interview of my life! Please pray for me.

I made the cut for the final 3 for a new job. Thank you, God! Please let me be the final 1 now!

Thank you, God, for a possible job for July.

From what I’ve seen work-related requests comfortably outnumber any other category of personal petitions, including relationship with God, relationships with people and health.

Made me wonder whether in my life and in my advice to others I am giving work the respect it deserves. I know from a short time being unemployed how difficult and depressing it can be to be out of work. However, I think I probably focus too much on the Genesis curse side of work than the pre-Fall created-to-work idea.

When we are talking about wise places to work, or wise careers to follow, do we need to take care that we are not making the options too black and white?