Lord, hear our prayer.

In a crisis of this magnitude, it is overwhelming to know how we must respond. As a first step, it is important to pray, individually and as a community, placing the situation into God’s hands.

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:19-20

During this time of crisis, there are six key things we know, believe and hope for. Please join us in lifting up the following prayers:

We pray for the people, churches, wider society and the governments of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. We also pray for all the neighbouring countries, which are also affected and are receiving and hosting millions of displaced people.

A prayer from Bishop Matthew Taban Peter, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

Food is more than a human right; it is a divine gift that cannot be impeded
We pray and do all that we can to ensure the more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation are moved away from the precipice of famine!

Hunger crises are preventable. We must reflect, act and move together.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
We pray for the strengthening of the prophetic voice of the churches. We also pray for the ministry of accompanying individuals and communities with their preferential attention and ministry to the marginalised and the poor.

Churches have a prophetic role in calling to mobilize their members, the wider society, and governments, and making a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering.
We pray for the strengthening and adequate resourcing of the on-going work of the churches in the affected areas. We also pray for the revival among churches and faith communities to respond to this crisis and for the diaconal work of church communities.

We are commanded to see the divine in those who are suffering and appreciate their resilience, opinions, and solutions and to respect their dignity.
“So God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Give us the humility, courage and willingness to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers in dire situations in a compassionate, timely and sufficient manner.

Let us join in prayer, particularly for the children and families in immediate need, as well as those who make sacrifices in helping to respond to the crisis, sometimes at great personal risk.
We pray for children in the famine and drought affected countries and their welfare, that the appropriate interventions might be directed to them. We also pray for peaceful and for safe working conditions of humanitarian workers and communities on the frontlines, that their lives are protected and access to humanitarian assistance is secured.

Let us pray for justice and peace, and for an end to the violence that hurts both current and future generations.
We pray for peace and durable solutions that will end conflict and violence. We pray that communities can live, mobilise their resources, benefit from the fruits of their labour, in their own environment, living without domination and fear.

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© Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance