Daily Prayers for our World

We pray for Yemen. Further airstrikes were reported last week in the conflict between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition. God, we grieve the continued destruction and loss of life in Yemen, and pray for peace

We give thanks for the ONS updating its calculations to represent the impact of inflation on different income groups. This is in response to Jack Monroe’s campaign, showing how price increases have disproportionately hit those on lower incomes. God, we thank you for the impact of this campaign. We pray that it would lead to greater protection of low-price ranges that many rely on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We give thanks for increasing numbers of students from under-represented groups earning places at top universities. UCAS figures show that record levels of black and Asian students, as well as those in receipt of free school meals, won places in 2021. God, we thank you for widening access to these institutions. We pray that they would play a part in creating a more just society.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We pray for Afghanistan. People are resorting to ever more extreme measures to survive, such as selling their kidneys or even their own children. God, we lament this extreme poverty and suffering. We pray for ways to support the Afghan people despite the Taliban government.

We pray for Myanmar, on the first anniversary of the military coup. We stand in solidarity with our siblings there. We pray for those who have been imprisoned, tortured, killed. We pray for those who have lost livelihoods, homes and witnessed scenes of daily violence and death. God, bring your justice and peace to Myanmar.

We pray for the next stage of responding to Covid-19. The government has lifted restrictions and returned to Plan A in England, signalling intent to ‘live with’ the virus as Omicron ebbs. God, we pray for effective strategy that considers the most vulnerable, prioritising public health and economic factors over political influences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for those who have been separated from their siblings in the care system. BBC research found that 45% sibling groups in care are split up, with more than 12,000 children separated from at least one of their siblings. God, we pray that, where appropriate, siblings who enter the care system would be able to stay together.

 

Joan Smith

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