Daily Prayers for Our World

We pray for refugees who are vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. Women and children fleeing war are being targeted as they travel and on social media-based matching sites for refugees. God, we pray that conflict zones would not be fertile ground for human trafficking. Protect those who are already vulnerable from further harm.

                                                                                                                                                                             We give thanks for EU proposals for a ‘circular economy’. This aims to make the economy less wasteful, reduce impact on the environment, and increase the lifespan of products through new legislation on product design. God, we thank you for big ideas that transform how we think about the world, and pray that other governments would follow suit.

                                                                                                                                         We give thanks for Ukrainian Railways, whose trains have carried several million people west to safety and returned east with humanitarian aid. Almost all of its 230,000 employees have stayed in the country to keep trains running. God, we thank you for the success of these evacuation trains. We pray that they are kept safe to continue serving the people of Ukraine.

We pray for an end to the war in Ethiopia, which has displaced millions and plunged hundreds of thousands into famine. A new front has reportedly opened up in the Afar region, threatening peace negotiations. God, we pray that the government and the TPLF would agree to peace, for the sake of the population which is suffering so much.

We pray for those who are reportedly being forcibly relocated to Russia from Mariupol. As Russian forces bombard the city and close off all routes of escape, they are presenting an ultimatum of relocation or eventual death. God, we pray for the safety of those who go and those who stay. We ask again for an end to this war.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for the families bereaved and sometimes blamed amid a failure of maternity care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. The Ockenden report found that more than 200 babies may have died due to repeated failures over 20 years. God, we pray comfort for these families. May the report’s findings lead to action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for resolution of issues in the Homes for Ukraine scheme. At least 36 households arriving in the UK under the scheme have already registered as homeless with local councils. God, help those in charge to ensure due process amid the rush to bring in refugees. We pray that all refugees’ dignity would be honoured in ensuring that there is a safe home for them.  

 

 

Joan Smith

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