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Prayer For Today

by | 2nd, June 2004

‘LET us pray. Only, what shall we pray for?

A spare pair of praying hands for the best prayer sent to Anorak

Pastor Zephania Kameeta, a former vice president of Namibia’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, thinks he knows. And his prayers for our time have been included in a book called ‘Pocket Prayers for Justice and Peace’.

The tome, compiled by the charity Christian Aid and published by Church House Publishing, the Church of England’s publishing arm, and seen by the Telegraph, has Kameeta in Westlife mode, covering traditional prayers in his own style.

A spokesman for the publishing group tells the paper that it’s a book of prayers “we hope will help people think afresh about some of the issues surrounding debt in the developing world and the issues of fair trade”.

So instead of “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”, the 23rd Psalm now reads: “Even if a full-scale violent confrontation breaks out I will not be afraid, Lord.”

And so it goes for the Lord’s Prayer, which now begins: “Our father who is in us here on earth, holy is your name in the hungry who share their bread and their song.”

The Independent tells us that it also includes the line that God is “giving us our daily bread when we manage to get back our lands or to get a fairer wage”.

Although, since bread is not everyone’s cup of tea, as it were, we argue that it can be substituted by the more modern “breadsticks”,

“wafers” or, at a push, “Slim Fast shakes”.


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