Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for the state of emergency at the Poland-Belarus border. Poland alleges that Belarus is actively spurring migrants to enter the EU through its border, causing military tension with migrants trapped in the middle. God, we pray for peaceful resolution in this situation, and that vulnerable people would not be used in this way.

We pray for an end to the spread of climate change denial online. Two studies have found that only 8% of misleading posts on Facebook were marked as misinformation. God, we pray that people would be well informed about the reality of climate change, and that those with malicious intent to prevent necessary action would be stopped

We give thanks for positive progress in attitudes towards mental health, particularly in men. Groups are being set up to encourage men to talk openly about their mental health, for whom being honest about their feelings has historically been seen as a sign of weakness. God, we thank you for the growth of these spaces, and pray that changing attitudes would lead to lives being saved and turned around.

                                                                                                                                                                                   This Remembrance Sunday, we give thanks for those who have given their lives in military combat. We honour their sacrifice, and strive for a world in which ‘nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more’ (Isaiah 2:4). God, we remember all victims of war: soldier and civilian, fatal and non-fatal, British or otherwise. We thank you for their humanity, and pray for war to cease.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for promises made at COP26 to lead to serious action. As ministers and negotiators go home, the work now begins to ensure that pledges lead to concrete action and are not simply empty words. God, we pray for governments around the world, that they would have the courage of conviction and the creative solutions to make good on their promises.

                                                                                                                                                                                  We pray for Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Almost 800,000 people have been displaced by an ongoing insurgency, and access to basic needs is highly constrained. God, we pray for action on the humanitarian crisis, and for the emergence of comprehensive and sustainable peace in Mozambique.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for the crisis in the NHS. Waiting lists are at their highest level since 2007, ambulance response times have skyrocketed, and A&E waiting times are at their highest level since records began. God, we pray for all of those in need of treatment and for NHS staff and hospitals, that solutions would be found.

 

Joan Smith

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