Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for migrants camped on the streets of Tripoli. Thousands of people fleeing poverty, war and famine have reached Libya’s capital in the hope of moving on to safe refuge, but are living in overcrowded and unsafe detention centres. God, we pray that they would find a place of safety and provision for need.

                                                                                                                                      We give thanks for the impact of young people in climate activism. In many ways, they have led the conversation through movements such as the Fridays for Future school strikes. God, we thank you for the passion and power of the young. We pray that all generations would come together around the shared mission of caring for the planet.

                                                                                                                                                                                     We give thanks for developments in the treatment of Covid-19. Pfizer’s Covid pill was shown to cut hospitalisation and death by nearly 90% in early studies, prompting the UK to approve its use. God, we thank you for this breakthrough. We pray that together with vaccines, this pill would be effective in fighting the spread of Covid-19 around the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for the success of agreements being made at #COP26. Pledges on deforestation, methane, coal, and finance will only be effective if they have proper implementation and accountability measures. God, we thank you for the progress made so far. We pray that these agreements would lead to meaningful change, rather than being empty promises.

We pray for Sudan, following a military coup in late October. The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights has called for the military to step back and to end the deadly use of force. God, we pray for your justice and peace over Sudan and the surrounding region.

We pray for those living in climate-vulnerable locations, such as the Bay of Bengal. Islands in the bay are disappearing at an alarming rate, as well as being hard hit by frequent cyclones, with mass displacement inevitable as a result. God, help us to remember that for many, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem – it is today’s reality.

 

 

Joan Smith

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