“PRAYER FOR THE POOR – INTERCESSORS FOR THE WORLD’S POOR
Prayer for the Poor was set up in 2000. It came about after two things were noticed: the effect prayer had on the worship group in a local church and the devotion to prayer of the congregation at St Mary Moorfields Church.
Mal Grosch, founder of Prayer for the Poor, had been. Considering whether the power of prayer seen in his local church could be brought to bear on the world’s biggest problem, poverty. He was mindful that great works of God preceded by deep prayer, often by a small group of believers.
It was decided that a monthly time of silent prayer should be set up. Several churches in the City of London were looked at and St Mary Moorfields was chosen for its sense of holiness.
It was observed that a small group of mainly women had given up their lunch hours to pray. Prayer for the Poor meets on the last Friday of every month for half an hour of silent prayer. The starting time of 1.45pm [Greenwich Mean Time] was chosen to follow on from the midday service with its devotional atmosphere.
Some intercessors attend personally and some pray at home or place of work. Not all are in the UK but overseas intercessors synchronise their prayer accordingly.
PRAYER FOR THE POOR IS CHRISTIAN BUT NON DENOMINATIONAL.
Although the intercessors pray for poverty throughout the world they also focus on particular individuals or newly emerged small groups who may not have an organised prayer support structure. The PFTP newsletter gives details of their work and needs. Prayer for the Poor is principally about prayer but it also supports these brave individuals and groups in any way it can.
BLESSED ARE YOU POOR, FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD. (LUKE 6:20)
Prayer for the Poor starts from the position that the poor are not a problem but people loved by God. They are ‘special people’ and often more attentive to God than the rich. Finally, poverty is partly a spiritual problem and also part of a historical and global battle between two powers, God and the Devil. Through prayer, God works through men and women to achieve His purpose and bring on His kingdom.
We would ask you to consider whether you or someone you know might be drawn to serving the poor through prayer. You can receive an email or hard copy newsletter that will arrive about a week before the prayer time. You would be most welcome and your prayer most appreciated. We always have a cup of coffee together afterwards.
• Prayer for the Poor meets every last Friday of the month for half an hour of silent prayer at: St Mary’s, Moorfields, 4 Eldon Street, London EC 2 (rear of Liverpool Street Station)
• Join us, or pray where you are
Prayer for the Poor
2 Piggot House
London E2 9JJ UK
• Approximately 9.2 million children under the age of 5 die each year, mostly from preventable diseases. That’s approximately 25,000 children each day.
• HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – all treatable diseases – claim the lives of over 8,000 people every day due to lack of access to health care.
• The richest 20 percent of the world’s population receives 75 percent of the world’s income, while the poorest 40 percent receive only 5 percent of the world’s income. Source: http://www.onedayswages.org ” (external link).
- From the leaflet “Prayer for the Poor”