Prayer: Open our eyes

But if one of you has enough money to live well,
and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help —
how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17

O God,
open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
open our ears that we may hear their cries;
open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.

Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless,
because of the anger and might of the powerful.

Show us where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use us to bring them to those places.

Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives,
that we may in these coming days
be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.

~ from the Sabeel Centre. Part of Micah Challenge: Anti-Poverty Prayers, posted on the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee website.