In our latest week of Lent reflections, we pray for those facing persecution, conflict, and stigma, as well as those who lead us.
Saturday 12 March: Revelation 21:4
While we know there is a time when suffering will cease, today there is still pain. For many poor people around the world, life is a daily struggle and disasters hit very hard.
Lord, in our busy lives, and even as we suffer, help us to share your compassion for people suffering around the world. Amen.
Monday 14 March: Jeremiah 36:4-7
There are many Christians in the world whose societies use law and violence to prevent them from sharing their faith. Yet the story of Jeremiah shows us that God provides ways for his voice to be heard despite these attempts to repress it.
Lord, thank you for the modern day Jeremiahs and Baruchs, who persevere in making your voice known, despite persecution and repression. Amen.
Tuesday 15 March: Luke 12:2-3
Some of the most life-changing work Tearfund does is to confront the fear, confusion and suffering of stigma. Our God is a God of truth, which has the power to set us free in incredible ways.
Dearest Lord, thank you there is nothing but truth in you. Thank you for the way you use your church, your body on earth, to bring your truth to everyone. Amen.
Wednesday 16 March: 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Lent provides us with a space to reflect and consider those who lead us. We must be faithful in praying for them if we are to see justice and peace reigning on this earth.
Lord, we lift up those who are in positions of authority, power and influence. Grant them your mercy that they would lead diligently, wisely, and for the good of all the people they serve. Amen.
Thursday 17 March: Matthew 25:35
Around 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Tearfund is working with displaced people from war-torn countries such as Syria, Nigeria and South Sudan. ‘The most important thing, more than the physical, is that the church is giving us hope,’ said one Syrian refugee.
Ask God to open your eyes and hear the plight of displaced people, and show you how to play your part in easing their suffering.
Friday 18 March: Psalm 107:4-9
Father, we pray for people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods due to the impacts of conflict. We reflect that each one of these people is loved by you and made in your image. You call us to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. We pray for your way of peace to transform these challenging places, and pray the words from Psalm 107 that you will deliver troubled people from distress. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
We pray because we're desperate for God - to walk with him... in step with his will for the world.
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