‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ (Matthew 18:20)

Tearfund’s Global Prayer Moment

On Sunday 27 May we would love Christians and churches around the globe to lift their voices and pray a prayer written by Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury. We chose that date because it’s the closest Sunday to the day Tearfund began 50 years ago.

We want to see an end to extreme poverty and we know we need to cry out to God for that to happen. Tearfund works in more than 50 countries across the world and we’re gathering people from those nations and beyond to pray together on this very special day for us. We want to unite together and pray the same prayer on the same day.

Resources to guide you

We have an overview sheet for you to download, read and follow in your church service on 27 May. We also have a film for you to show and then a presentation slide with the words of the prayer so all your congregation can join in. There are cards with the text of the prayer for your congregation to use and take home, which can be ordered (in packs of 25) from the Church resources webpage. We’d love to hear if you are taking part - email churches@tearfund.org to let us know.

You can also pray this prayer at home or wherever you are that day – and then join us in giving thanks for all the ways God has blessed our work in the last 50 years. Download and print out the Prayer bookmark.

The Prayer

A prayer by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Gracious and generous God, you became poor so that we might be enriched by your love, and you gave the world’s wealth and resources as a common inheritance of all human beings.

We pray you would strengthen your church to be a beacon of hospitality for the poor.

We pray that, seeing the light of Christ’s love, the nations and peoples of the world may fight not to kill, but to outdo one another in care for the poor, and in actions of gracious generosity.

Through him who for our sakes did not grasp the wealth of heaven, but instead gave all to live for us as a slave, and die for us in pain, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.