Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for cleaner rivers. A cross-party group of MPs has warned that England’s rivers contain a dangerous “chemical cocktail” caused by pollution from agriculture, sewage, roads, and single-use plastics. God, we pray for the necessary action to clean and protect our rivers, so that life can flourish without harm.

                                                                                                                                                                      We give thanks for projections that enset, a crop native to Ethiopia, could feed more than 100 million people if expanded across Africa. Known as the ‘tree against hunger’, enset can be grown throughout the year and in a range of environments. God, thank you for your provision for all in nature. Help us to use that provision wisely, that no one would starve while others have plenty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We give thanks for bionic eye technology that could restore sight to those suffering vision loss from dry AMD. Ongoing trials have enabled participants to detect visual signals for the first time since going blind. God, we thank you for this innovative solution to the challenges of sight loss. We pray for success in the trial, and that this technology might be available to many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We pray for Tonga, as the country recovers from last week’s volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami. Aid has been arriving as the ash clears, with clean water the main priority. God, we pray that there would be no further loss of life, and that the people of Tonga would receive the support they need to recover from the disaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We pray for the people of Ukraine who would suffer most if current tensions escalate to an invasion or war. While diplomacy continues between major powers, we remember those who stand to lose the most from conflict. God, we pray for your peace to reign. Help all involved to maintain peace in the situation.

 

we pray for an end to knife crime. London recorded its highest number of teenage homicides in 2021, and children have reported feeling unsafe travelling to school. God, we mourn the loss of all life, remembering the young victims of knife crime in London and elsewhere. Help us to find good solutions to this problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the victims killed in the Holocaust and other genocides. In the context of growing antisemitism, the continuing prevalence of Holocaust denial, genocide, and religious persecution, we pray that their lives would be honoured. In their memory, we pray that violence and genocide would be no more.

 

 

 

 

Joan Smith

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