✝”Call the city praying & Fasting for Healing of Hong Kong” Prayer guidelines (3)
Method：Personal or group prayer by bible verses
12/3（Tue）：Narrow down conflicts
Scripture: “And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.”（1 King 12:7）
The old people in Rehoboam’s palace had experienced the harsh rule of Solomon and knew how serious the matter was. Their suggestion was to vent the grudges of the people instead of heavy-hand ruling. They advised the king to take up a serving attitude and see himself as a servant. The starting point of narrowing down conflicts is to have an attitude of the civil servant and respect on the people’s will, thereby winning the people hearts.
1.The old people’s suggestion appealed to the ego of Rehoboam, urging him to put down his arrogance and “be a servant unto this people”. Then the people “will be thy servants for ever”. This is a social contract by which the ruler and the ruled become servants to each other. Pray for the rulers and the ruled in Hong Kong to move towards this goal to resolve the conflicts.
2. The old people suggested Rehoboam to “speak good words to them” to vent the people’s grudges. Pray for the government of Hong Kong to know how to vent the grudges of the people with a view to resolve the conflicts and also for the people’s appropriate response.