Headlines from the Internet for Monday, August 7, 2017
I live with the ability to have abundant varieties of food. That is not true of many in the world. Below are the statistics for fellow citizens of the world. I don’t relate well to numbers, but I can imagine the people I love living in the circumstances that are faced by millions of people. Certainly, the needy and vulnerable of the earth are worthy of our prayers.
Number of hungry people in the world
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries, representing 12.9 percent, or one in eight, of the population of developing counties. There are 11 million people undernourished in developed countries.
Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Monday, August 7, 2017
Matthew 6.6 – “But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
One of the heroes of our church took these words literally. She had a prayer room where every day she met with the Heavenly Father in secret. On the wall were pictures of people for whom she prayed. I believe that the good we experience in our church has its beginning in this lady’s prayer room.
Our world needs praying people like this woman. The dire situations of the world need millions of people who enter their quiet place and pray to the Heavenly Father. This secret place will produce results that will be obvious for the benefit of many.
Prayers for Monday, August 7, 2017
Dear God, please take us to the secret place of prayer with you.