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.

A serious humanitarian situation is developing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Since the outbreak of hostilities in November 2020, supply routes have been cut off and the harvest season has been impacted —leaving many people incredibly food insecure. PWS&D is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond as soon as possible, using available mechanisms. To learn more, visit WeRespond.ca/Tigray.

Prayer Guide – Mar 4 2021 at 7 pm

Opening Prayer

Generous God,
through your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have shown us what it means to love.
And you call us to follow Your example—
to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

Continue to write your law of love on our hearts.
Give us an unwavering passion for justice,
and a tenacious faith that will not rest
until the hungry are fed,
the oppressed find relief,
and the outsider finds a welcome. Amen.

Written by Christine Longhurst. From Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Pray for PWS&D’s Relief Work

The ongoing conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia has put many people’s safety and food security at risk. Pray for a peaceful resolution, and that a humanitarian corridor would be created to allow relief operations and the protection of civilians and aid workers. 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 that the refugees who have been welcomed into your local community continue to have their needs met and find peace and companionship.

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 young women and girls who are no longer able to attend school due to COVID-19. Pray that they would remain safe in their homes and return to school when it is possible to do so.

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).