Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for students who have missed school during the pandemic. A global education summit in London is aiming to raise enough money to get 88 million more children into school. God, we pray for educational recovery globally after disruption, and for a renewed commitment to international development from the UK Government to fund global education.

We pray for people facing sexual harassment in the workplace. During the pandemic, many key workers have faced sexual harassment, misogynistic abuse and discrimination during the Covid crisis. God, we pray that all people might be treated with respect and dignity in their workplaces and be safe from sexual harassment and abuse.

We give thanks for schemes educating girls all over the world. One example is the Education for Life initiative which encourages girls in Isiolo, Kenya to get back into school. God, we give thanks for the work of schemes which educate girls, and pray for a swift reversal of the cut in the UK’s international development budget which might threaten these programme

We give thanks for the work of conservationists. In the Lancashire hills, conservationists have created a giant moss sponge to stop flooding in lowland towns and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. God, we give thanks for the beauty of your creation and for work which safeguards the environment.

We pray for Greece and other countries suffering from wild fires. Last week at least 150 houses were destroyed by fire on the Greek island of Evia, one of over 100 fires burning in the country. God, we pray for safety and recovery for those who are affected by fires in Greece and elsewhere, and renewal for your creation

We pray for workers not being paid a living wage. Last week, almost 200 major firms including Pret and Welcome Break were exposed as not paying workers the minimum wage. God, we pray that all people might be enabled to earn a wage which allows them to live a full, healthy, and happy life.

We pray for Beirut. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of an explosion in the city in which more than 200 were killed, 7000 injured, and 300,000 displaced. God, we pray for comfort and security those who are mourning, injured, or still searching for a new livelihood in the aftermath of the explosion.

Joan Smith

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