Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for racial equality. A recent report shows that Black people are more likely to be subjected to prolonged Taser use in the UK, alongside other inequalities in law enforcement. God, we pray for safe, just, and equitable law enforcement in the UK and elsewhere

We pray for people who will be affected by the planned cut to Universal Credit. Citizens Advice suggest that the cut could lead to over 2 million people might be pushed into debt as a result of the cut. God, we pray for a benefits system which provides enough money to live on and dignity for claimants.

We give thanks for the Paralympics. As the games have taken place in Japan, we’ve seen thousands of athletes taking part. God, we thank you for opportunities for Paralympic athletes to compete, and for the opportunity for young people with disabilities to see strong role models.

We give thanks for continued vaccine rollout. This week, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert and Prof Catherine Green received an award for developing the AstraZeneca vaccine. God, we thank you for those working hard to get the vaccine distributed around the world.

We pray for those hit by storms in the last week. Hurricane Ida has caused devastation and loss of life in the US, even after a reduction in ferocity as it made its way across country. God, we pray for safety for those in at-risk zones, and that emergency resources would reach those who need them.

We continue to pray for refugees in the UK from Afghanistan. Thousands of people have been evacuated to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy. God, we pray for those families needing support, and for charities offering help and essential items.

We pray for those who are struggling to make ends meet. On 6 October, the £20 uplift to Universal Credit is due to be cut, risking 500,000 people falling into poverty. God, we pray that the uplift will remain, and that families can afford to flourish.

Joan Smith

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