Daily Prayers for our World

Two years on from the WHO’s declaration that COVID-19 was a pandemic, we pray for a more just distribution of vaccines. The People’s Vaccine Alliance are calling for governments and pharmaceutical companies to remove the obstacles in the way of vaccine equity. God, forgive us for how easily we forget our brothers and sisters around the world. We pray that all would have access to this vaccine that saves lives

We give thanks for the kindness being shown by European countries and citizens in welcoming Ukrainian refugees. The EU has offered Ukrainians open sanctuary, waiving the usual requirements to provide a place of safety. We praise the decisions of governments and of households to welcome those in desperate need, and pray that more will be able to reach safety

We pray for peace and justice in energy policy. The government are rethinking energy strategy in response to the triple challenge of reliance on Russian gas, rising energy prices, and the climate crisis. God, we acknowledge the centrality of energy in these crises. We pray for just policy that has a positive impact on geopolitics, the cost of living, and the environment

We pray for the newly elected President of South Korea, and for progress to be made on the long-awaited Peace Plan between North and South. We pray for Churches and other faith groups in the region who are campaigning for peace. God, please guide Yoon Suk-yeol and Kim Jong-un toward the path of peace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for those in Ukraine who are less able to flee from conflict. Many people with disabilities have struggled to evacuate in what has been called ‘a humanitarian crisis within a crisis’. God, would no one be forgotten or left behind. We pray that all would receive the support needed to find safety.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for the millions of people, usually poor and marginalised, living in extremely polluted ‘sacrifice zones’ across the planet. Residents suffer ‘devastating physical and mental health consequences and human rights violations’. God, we lament the destruction we have brought upon the Earth and its inhabitants. Help us to reach a zero-pollution, non-toxic future.

 

Joan Smith

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