Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for women’s safety. After the disappearance of a woman, Sarah Everard, in South London last week, women have been sharing all-too-common experiences of feeling unsafe. God, we pray that your compassion and care might be shown to all women on the streets, and that thorough and wide reaching responses might be offered by those in power.

We give thanks for workers’ rights. This week, Uber began offering UK drives a minimum hourly wage, holiday pay, and pensions, although drivers say the struggle isn’t over yet. God, we give thanks for good working conditions which allow people to flourish.

We give thanks for those seeking to end racial discrimination. Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on the theme of “Youth Standing up to Racism”. God, we give thanks for people everywhere who continue the struggle for freedom from racial discrimination.

We pray for people facing wrongful imprisonment. As Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces fresh charges widely believed to be politically motivated in Iran, many around the world are imprisoned wrongfully today. God, we pray for your comfort for those who are imprisoned, and that those who are wrongfully held captive might be set free

We pray for the UK’s attitude towards our global neighbours. After a slash to the International Aid budget, last week it was announced that the cap on the UK’s nuclear stockpile would be increased by more than 40%. God, we pray for the peace and justice which you bring to be present in all our dealings across the globe.

We pray for women’s safety and the right to protest. Following criticism of the police for their response to a vigil for Sarah Everard, the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has faced opposition. God, we pray that your justice might be reflected in our ability to speak out and in political structures

Joan Smith

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