Israel and Palestine are engaged in a conflict of mutually exclusive claims, and events seem to have a life of their own. Protect us all from what could be a worldwide nuclear or biological catastrophe. Enable our president to calm the situation and empower Your church to engage the Palestinians, the Israelis, and others in the Middle East in a long-term, peaceful solution.
We pray for events in Europe. Anti-Semitism has always brought Your judgment, and anti-Semitism is on the rise along with new xenophobic and neo-fascistic leaders. Renew Your church to head off what could be horrible consequences. We pray for those living with poverty, oppression, and disease in much of the world. We pray for the persecuted church in Asia and Africa. May believers find comfort in their faith and the strength to share their hope when faced with hopelessness. As members of Your church, we give You ourselves in these dangerous days. Commenters are welcome to argue all points of view, but they are asked to do it civilly and respectfully.
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Christian Worldview , Roberto Rivera. Arts, Media, and Entertainment. We pray with grief for the things that have broken your heart; we pray with joy for the things that have made you dance. We pray with awareness that we cannot fix the world, but, instead, we can learn to see and taste and touch and know this world as your Creation.
In this time and space, we try to take our next step of faith and in so doing, we hope to discover you. We pray for that which fills us with grief: We pray for that which fills us with fear: We pray for that which gives us strength: Lord, teach us how to love what you love. Show us how to nurture what you nurture.
Reveal to us how to speak your Word, today and in the days to come. As the UN tries to recruit more women to be Blue Helmets peacekeepers, Mali has the grim distinction of being the deadliest active peacekeeping deployment in the world… Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
As astronomers announce the discovery of a planet around our nearest neighbor star… When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;. As environmentalists battle to protect the only place in the world where orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers still co-exist in the wild the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia from destruction by companies producing palm oil… Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. As spurious health claims about diseases carried on clothing are used against the providers of humanitarian aid in Mediterranean Sea… Lord, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
As children search for food in the rubbish of the streets of Yemen ; while marine life dies as it engulfs plastic instead of food; as wildfires still smolder; as a volcano erupts in Guatemala ; as Vietnam floods; as El Nino triggers severe weather in South America… You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,. From the fire-ravaged towns of California, U. Thank you for hope itself, when all seems beyond hope. Within the heartache of hate-filled violence in the U.
Bind us together with such strength that the perpetrators of hate will tremble, bow down, and be resurrected in love.
In remembrances of the first World War to end all wars, we give thanks for stories of sacrifice in the face of war, and determination after. May our Prince of Peace yet find a home in the hearts of all. We give thanks for acts of courage and conscience that still seek to turn swords into ploughshares. Around our own Thanksgiving tables, filled with aromas of abundance, may we smell the cooking fires of refugee camps across the world.
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We give thanks for aid workers and charities and missionaries who welcome those who have been abandoned, targeted or turned out. Like Jesus with the 5,, may gratitude for what is too meagre turn into a miracle of more than enough. Holy God, from Your house to ours, from our house across the world, we receive the gift of love, and determine to share it in word and deed, gratefully.
God of each one of us and God of every one of our neighbors, near and far, we lift our hearts in prayer to You:. We thank You for the freedom to vote that many of us take for granted and not all of us are afforded. May we exercise our right and our moral duty to take the steps that we can, when and where we are able, and the courage to fight for this right where needed. We are grateful for the Midterm Elections in the United States , which took small steps toward recognizing the humanity and dignity of our neighbors, including formerly incarcerated felons being granted the right to vote again in Florida and transgender rights being upheld in Massachusetts.
We are grateful for more representative expressions of the people of the United States in many of its newly elected officials, including over women in the House, two Native American women and a female Somali refugee for US Congress, and an openly gay Governor. May all elected officials around the globe be guided by Your love and seek the common good for Your people. We pray for the 10 arrested on the island of Zanzibar, Africa for conducting a same-sex wedding.
We recognize that there are still countries that not only outlaw same-sex marriage, but punish homosexuality with the death penalty. May all of our neighbors around the globe one day be able to live their truths authentically without fear of repercussions.
We are grateful for the lives of the 78 kidnapped schoolchildren and 3 others who were just freed in Cameroon, Africa. We pray that You might comfort them and their families after this traumatic experience. We also fervently pray for the hundreds of Chibok schoolgirls who are still missing years after their kidnapping, and all children who are separated from their families and loved ones. May there come a day when all of our neighbors are safe in their schools, on their streets, and in their homes. We pray for all those affected by the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, USA on Wednesday night, where 13 were killed, including a first responder and the gunman.
As details are still unfolding, we pray that we may be moved to grieve with the loved ones of those who died and, as hard as it is, also the shooter, rather than harden our hearts to another mass shooting. May we work together to establish laws and systems that protect all of our neighbors from these kinds of tragedies that are becoming more and more commonplace. We pray all in Hodeidah, Yemen , where the calls for a cease fire in a three-year war have instead resulted in horrific violence.
May all of our neighbors around the globe know what it is to experience peace and safety. We pray too for Remembrance this Sunday 11 th September and especially for the centenary that marks the end of World War One. We think of all the many men and women who lost their lives and gave their service in all wars in the last hundred years. May we honor their courage and cherish their memory and be thankful for their dedication to protect their country in a bid to ensure peace in our world. May we love You, O God, so fiercely that we become the change that brings about a ripple effect of love for our neighbor.
May we constantly hold onto hope as we work together to bring kindness, mercy, and justice to all areas of our world. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.
Help us to live in awe in this world, this day and in this moment. Help us to understand with new eyes how you spoke the world into being and as it unfolds, even now, in this season, as wind and water move over earth.
Help us to hold sacred the lands. Are we stewards or despoilers? Help us to understand how you restore and renew the world. Help us to see your grace at work. We read of TheKofan people of Sinangoe in the Amazonwhoprotecting more than 79, acres of primary rainforest in their ancestral homeland in Ecuador. Therefore, we need to work on peace for the sake of our mothers. Sustain this ancient land, stop the bloodshed and renew its peoples.
Only your mercy can cause these and other injustices to fall away. In these days and weeks to come may your truth be known and received. Open our eyes and hearts.