Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for India. Amid an ongoing Covid-19 crisis, at least 26 people have died and dozens are missing after a barge sank off the country’s western coast during a cyclone. God, we pray that those who are injured, missing, or grieving might feel your love and comfort

We pray for care home residents. Families of residents claim that policies which require self-isolation for two weeks are causing ‘heartbreak and pain’ for those affected by isolation. God, we pray comfort for residents feeling isolated or forgotten, and that policy might balance safety and compassion well.

We give thanks for community projects in Kenya. A save-the-mangrove community scheme on the Lamu archipelago trains women in preserving the ecosystem and provides business loans to women. God, we give thanks for those protecting your creation and their communities through community projects and schemes.

We give thanks for schemes aiming to widen accessibility to the workplace. This week, the supreme court announced paid internships for aspiring lawyers from underrepresented groups as it seeks to increase the diversity of the judiciary. God, we give thanks for the benefits which diverse workplaces bring.

We pray for Nigeria. Dozens are thought to have drowned after a boat with 200 passengers on board sank in Nigeria last week. God, we pray for comfort for those who are mourning, injured, or missing, and safe travelling alternatives for those moving round the country.

We pray for people who have lost money through fraud during the pandemic. A rise in delivery scams has led to large numbers of people having their bank details and money stolen. God, we pray for those left vulnerable or worse off by a rise in scams, and for adequate financial support for those struggling.

We pray for asylum seekers in the UK. Charities have warned that thousands of asylum seekers have been left unable to afford food after financial support was cut off during a Home Office contract changeover. God, we pray that our society might be welcoming and compassionate to the stranger, providing adequate support to asylum seekers.

Joan Smith

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