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Prayer for those in crisis

Loving God,
we bring before You the people of [Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Northeast Nigeria]
who are currently experiencing famine and personal hardship.
We do not know them personally,
but we share a common bond as human beings, created in Your image.

Our hearts go out to them,
as many find themselves in desperate circumstances—
without food, without shelter, without hope.

There seems to be so little that we can do for them.
The pictures on the news are difficult to watch,
and we’d often rather look away.
But you have called us to be your hands and feet in our world;
to speak and act for those who cannot speak and act for themselves.

So we pray that Your Holy Spirit would prompt us to action.
Give us generous hearts,
to share freely with those who have nothing.
Give us courage to speak on their behalf
to those who are shaping our country’s response.
Give us perseverance,
to continue to pray fervently for their welfare.

Grant us Your mercy, God,
as we seek to live out our calling as Your disciples.
We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Christine Longhurst on behalf of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank