Prayer and Action for Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq invites you to join us in a day of prayer and action. Every Tuesday until Easter we will have a focused day of prayer and a subsequent action. Our time of prayer will be at 1400GMT and the action taking place between Tuesday and Thursday. Please consider posting any messages related to these prayers and actions on this site so that we may all encourage each other’s spiritual growth. Please refer to the main website, cpt.org, for more on our organization.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Kids Don't Vote

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An Invitation to Prayer
The Christian Peacemaker Team in Baghdad, Iraq invites you to join with us every Tuesday for a day of prayer, fasting and action that will continue until Easter week. Participate as you are led either by fasting (the team will do a bread and water fast) and/or participating with us in a time of joint prayer. At 9AM Eastern Standard Time (1400GMT) on Tuesdays the team will gather for an hour of focused prayer. You are invited to join with us for the entire hour or for as much time as you can. Please also note the Action Steps connected with the week’s sacred passage that is the focus for the prayer time. If you are so led, the CPT Iraq team asks that you take the suggested action between Tuesday and Thursday so that we can be working together.

Website for posting now available: CPT in Iraq has begun a web log found at http://prayerandactionforiraq.blogspot.com. We encourage you to post any insights that may have come to your during your times of prayer and action, so that we may encourage each other’s spiritual growth.

To post a comment on our web log, follow these steps:
1) Scroll down to the bottom of the posting you wish to comment on.
2) Click on the place that shows the number of comments made on the posting.
3) Scroll to the bottom of that page and click where is says, “Post a comment.”


Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Day of Prayer and Fasting: Kids Don’t Vote

Deuteronomy 18:10
Don’t sacrifice your children in the fires on your altars…”

Moses gave these words of advice to the Israelites as they were coming into the land promised to them. He meant it as an admonition to the Israelites not to follow the practices of those already in the land. He was reminding them to keep their ways pure in the sight of God.

The old adage in politics, “kids don’t vote,” comes to mind both in this Iraqi election, and in the recent U.S. election. Children, in any country, are those without a voice in the political system. They aren’t able to fund candidates or political parties, can’t vote, and don’t have influence as a group. Yet they are the ones we live for, work for, and strive for in our lives, no matter what our nationality.

Do we sacrifice our children to the fires on our altars, be those altars the war on terror, the quest for power and control, or the desire for natural resources to feed our habits? Do we compromise our children’s futures by having them kill and be killed in wars for us, or as we spend large amounts on our military rather than our schools? Are we the “terrorists” in the way we speak to children about people of other faiths, other nationalities, or other cultures? Do we live in such a way as to promote a world free from war and the threat of war by our prudent use of imported natural resources?

Suggested Actions:

Do something for children this week. Some suggestions include:
1) Talk to a group of kids about Iraqis as human beings. Find out something about the culture, faith and lives of ordinary Iraqis and share it with kids at your church, a local school, or in your neighborhood. Your own home is a great place to start.

2) Look at your lifestyle and see if there are ways to reduce your reliance on foreign products that are often part of the causes of war. A good place to begin is by decreasing your need for fossil fuels by car pooling or walking when possible. Get out your bike, your sneakers or your snow boots!

3) Inform yourself about the effects on Iraqi children of the U.S. involvement in Iraq. Find a place to be involved with aiding and assisting those who are bringing relief to the children who are orphaned, displaced, or injured by the effects of war.








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