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 5, 2021 at 7 pm

Opening Prayer

Opening Prayer
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100, New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

Pray for PWS&D’s Relief Work

Pray for the just delivery of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and for nations struggling with high case counts such as India. PWS&D continues to respond to the increased needs created by the pandemic through our partners around the world. 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

Remember in prayer those in refugee camps who lack basic necessities like food, water and sanitation. Pray that they will have their needs met,
and for a world where no one goes without.

Local Prayers

Praise God for the resilience of your local congregation as they have adapted to stay safe from COVID-19. Pray for those who have newly volunteered as PWS&D Champions, that their congregations would be receptive to how God is leading them to share about the work of PWS&D. Pray for any events coming up this month in your local congregation/community.

Pray for PWS&D’s Development Work

Pray for those with disabilities who are accessing support through PWS&D’s programs. In Ghana, the Garu Community-Based Rehabilitation Centre is giving people with disabilities tricycles and vocational training so they can earn an income to support themselves and their families.

Choose a country from the map (below) 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).