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 – Dec 2nd 2020 at 7 pm

Opening Prayer

God, we come into Your presence
with praise and thanksgiving.
You have searched us,
known us,
cared for us,
and welcomed us as daughters and sons.
In You, we find our home.
Through the power of Your Holy Spirit,
and the inspiration of Your Word,
continue to work in us and through us.
Transform us into Your image.
Make us signs of grace and hospitality
to the world around us,
so that Your kingdom would come
and Your will would be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.

From “Welcoming the Stranger,” written by Christine Longhurst,  for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Pray for PWS&D’s Relief Work

Pray for students around the world whose schools have been forced to close due to COVID-19. Pray for teachers as they facilitate remote learning, despite limited resources. Pray about any other recent crises of which you have become aware, and for a world in which these do not occur.

Pray for Refugees

Pray for the millions of refugees around the world who still do not have food on their table or a safe place to lay their head.

Local Prayers

Pray for your local congregation/community to be excited and get involved in bringing about God’s promise of abundant life for all.
Pray for any events coming up this month in your local congregation/community. Look up a Presbyterian church in a neighbouring city.
Pray for their minister, their Champion and their congregation.

Pray for PWS&D’s Development Work

Pray for those exploring ways to prepare the new crops they have learned to grow through PWS&D’s sustainable agriculture programs.
Choose a country from the map where PWS&D engages in development work and offer up the following prayer for the people 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).