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God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
That Power belongs to you.
You have shared your power with us.
Yet, we confess,
We have not accepted the power you have given us.
We have allowed others to use power
To dominate people and nations,
And accumulating wealth.
Today you offer us your Power,
So that we can help change the world,
Announce your kingdom,
And acknowledge you,
The source of all power,
“For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Diego Frisch, Methodist Minister from Uruguay
Oceans of Prayer
“We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. We have already sold some of our daughters, and we are helpless to do anything about it, for our fields and vineyards are already mortgaged to others.”
When I heard their complaints, I was very angry. After thinking it over, I spoke out against these nobles and officials. I told them, “You are hurting your own relatives by charging interest when they borrow money!” Then I called a public meeting to deal with the problem.
At the meeting I said to them, “We are doing all we can to redeem our Jewish relatives who have had to sell themselves to pagan foreigners, but you are selling them back into slavery again. How often must we redeem them?” And they had nothing to say in their defense.
Then I pressed further, “What you are doing is not right! Should you not walk in the fear of our God in order to avoid being mocked by enemy nations?