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May 18

Psalm 51, 18-19

Something to read 

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

New King James Version

To read the New Revised Standard Version, click here

Something to think about

Finally, as we come to the end of David's psalm, we find that 'The Art of Confessing Our Sins' includes that we pray for God’s purposes. David offered a prayer regarding God’s purpose  - that God should fulfil His purpose for Zion and that He would be pleased with Israel’s sacrifices. Thus David's confession ends with a desire for that which pleases God.

Something to do

As we confess our sins we should not be selfish, praying for only our needs. We must also be sensitive about what God desires. As Jesus taught us in the Lord's Prayer, it is important to pray for God's will as well as our own.

As the Zambia Anglican Council and Christians in general, we must not be self-centred in our prayers and programming. Instead, we should always seek God’s will in the fight against malaria.

It's Christian Aid Week. Visit www.caweek.org for resources, stories and more.

Something to pray

O God our Father, you who knows our needs and motives, help us to always seek your will in all our petitions and supplications. We pray that your will be done in all we do.

Today’s contributor is Father Emmanuel Chikoya, who is involved with Christian Aid partner the Zambia Anglican Council's Cross Border Malaria prevention Initiative (CBMI). Father Chikoya chose the New King James Version for this series of readings.


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