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 – December 4th, 2019 at 7 pm

Opening Prayer

Creator God,

You loved the world into life.

Forgive us when our dreams of the future

are shaped by anything other than glimpses of a kingdom of justice, peace and an end to poverty.

Incarnate God,

you taught us to speak out for what is right.

Make us content with nothing less

than a world that is transformed into the shape of love,

where poverty shall be no more.

Breath of God,

let there be abundant life.

Inspire us with the vision of poverty over,

and give us the faith, courage and will to make it happen.

From Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Pray for PWS&D’s Relief Work

Pray for those whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Cyclone Idai in Malawi and Mozambique.

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

Approximately 70% of hungry people are small-scale farmers living in the global south. Pray for farmers for whom soil degradation, prolonged drought and the rising prices of farm inputs are making it difficult to grow enough food to eat a balanced diet and earn a living.

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).