Champions Pray

Prayer is a powerful way to help people around the world who experience poverty and persecution. The first Wednesday of each month, join with other Champions in Champions Pray: an intentional time of bringing the work of PWS&D and the people
benefiting from the projects we support to God in prayer.

Prayer Guide – May 6th, 2020 at 7 pm

Opening Prayer

God of love,
We give you thanks for our homes,
our families and friends,
and all the things that make our lives good.
We pray for all those people who have lost their
homes,
who have lost their families and friends from wars and
violence.
We pray for a world in which everyone has a place to
call home,
family and friends to be with,
and enough food to share each day.
Amen.

From Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Pray for PWS&D’s Relief Work

Pray for families in South Sudan as they access clean water and improved sanitation.

Pray about any other recent crises of which you have become aware, and for a world in which these do not occur.

Pray for Emergencies

Remember in prayer communities and businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 and any people facing discrimination as a result of the virus.

Local Prayers

Pray for the leaders in your congregation to be open to how God is leading you to share the work of PWS&D in your congregation.
Pray for any events coming up this month in your local congregation/community.
Pray for Champions in other churches who are organizing events to raise funds and bring awareness to the important work of PWS&D.

Pray for PWS&D’s Development Work

Pray for the early diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from skin conditions in Nepal, where the prevalence of leprosy is two and a half times higher than the global average.

Choose a country from the map at the bottom of the page, and pray for the work that PWS&D is doing there.

We pray for the poor, hungry, and neglected in  __________ ,

that their cries for daily bread may inspire works of compassion and mercy among those to whom much has been given.

We pray for the farmers with limited or marginal land in __________,

for those who lack access to water and other resources,

and for the light of research and support services to shine in the lives of all God’s people.

We pray for an end to pandemic disease in __________,

particularly those exacerbated by lack of nutritious food and outright hunger;

that plagues of death may no longer fuel poverty, destabilize nations, and inhibit reconciliation and restoration throughout the world.

We pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God’s creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people,

and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.

We pray for all nations and people who already enjoy the abundance of creation and the blessings of prosperity,

that their hearts may be lifted up to the needs of the poor and afflicted, and partnerships between rich and poor

for the reconciliation of the world may flourish and grow.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

Meditation

Spend some time in silence, contemplating anything God might want to communicate to you.

Closing Prayer

Our Father, who art in Heaven

Hallowed be your name

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from the evil one

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

Forever and ever, Amen.

Thank you for participating in Champions Pray.

Your efforts are helping to bring about a more sustainable, compassionate and just world.

Please contact eclarke@presbyterian.ca if you have any questions or would like a request included on next month’s prayer list.

For more worship resources, visit WeRespond.ca/worship.

Adapted from Canadian Foodgrains Bank

(foodgrainsbank.ca/resources).