We pray for those dependent on wheat from Ukraine. The conflict threatens farmers’ ability to grow crops upon which millions in the developing world depend. God, we pray for an end to violence that threatens life in so many ways. Protect the populations of Ukraine and the rest of the world who will suffer if harvests fail.
We give thanks for the safe return of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori to their families in the UK this week. They had been detained since 2016 and 2017 respectively, and used their return to campaign for Morad Tahbaz who remains in Iran. God, we pray for their return to normal life, and for justice for Morad Tahbaz.
We give thanks for food businesses who are feeding those under fire in Ukrainian cities for free. Restaurants, caterers and markets are remaining in conflict zones and foregoing payment to help those who have not fled. God, we thank you for their courage and humanity. We pray that supplies of food and resources would continue to reach those in need.
We pray for Madagascar, which the World Food Programme has warned could see “the world’s first climate change famine”. Four years of drought, deforestation and failed harvests have left more than a million people reliant on food handouts. God, we think of those who are hungry and malnourished. We pray for rain and the recovery of the land.
On this World Water Day, we pray for the sustainable management of groundwater across the world. Exploring, protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population. We think of the 2 billion people currently without access to safe water, and pray for provision for all.
We pray for positive action on the cost of living crisis. Experts are warning of the biggest hit to living standards since the financial crisis. God, we pray that Rishi Sunak would have the poorest and most marginalised at heart. Help him and his team to find solutions that will protect people from poverty and suffering.
We pray for Russian activists opposing the war in Ukraine. Anti-war protestors face increasing pressure including police torture, intimidation tactics, work dismissals and other threats. God, we honour the courage of those willing to face the risks of speaking up. We pray that the right to protest would be upheld in Russia and around the world.