Day 3. Brahmin in India (BRAH-min)
The Brahmins are considered to be a priestly caste. Historically, Brahmins and kings were the dominant social and religious forces in many of the kingdoms that developed in pre-modern India. The first prime minister of modern India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a member of the Brahmin caste. Today the Brahmins continue to be a powerful and influential group in India, still holding their high caste status.
While only around 10% of Brahmins continue to perform traditional Hindu religious duties, most seek jobs as educators, lawmakers, scholars, doctors, warriors, writers, poets, landowners and politicians. Changes in India’s economy, politics, education, and job markets have started to break down the old social hierarchy system and a new secular Hindu middle class is emerging. Some poorer Brahmins are now allowed to get government help for the poor, in spite of caste status.
Prayers for the Brahmin families in India:
Lord, bless the Brahmin families to see their priestly identity in Jesus, an invitation also extended to other castes. Send believing families to live out the priesthood of Jesus in communities of Brahmins by discipling, teaching, healing the sick and freeing the oppressed. Raise up Brahmins to take on that role.
Lord, increase the reading and hearing of Your Holy Scriptures in the homes of Brahmin families. Help them obey the stories of Jesus that explain how to be clean and pure. Open their hearts and bless them with heaven’s revelation to humble themselves as servants, like the Apostle Paul in Scripture. Help them tell the stories of what Jesus has done and what He calls His priests to do in His name.
Lord, raise up Brahmin servant leaders to know the joy that is found in laying down their life to take up the cross of Jesus. Raise up Brahmin servants who invite all castes to join the priesthood of all believers. Draw the Brahmin to Your perfect and holy Son.
Bless Brahmins to hear the call of God to: Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col. 3:12)