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World Refugee Day: how to pray

This World Refugee Day, join us in reflection and prayer for people who have been forced from their homes.

Gideon Heugh | 18 Jun 2021

Credit: Tom Price/Tearfund

Credit: Tom Price/Tearfund

The Bible has a lot to say about caring for people who are far from home. This is not surprising, given that the people of God were enslaved in Egypt, then generations later exiled in Babylon. Over the following centuries, invasions by the Assyrians, Greeks and Romans would have forced more people away from the places they called home.

Caring for refugees is an expression of godliness. Today, there are more refugees than ever. Nearly 80 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes. While the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on many things, it has not stopped conflict, natural disasters or persecution.

The recent violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo are just two recent examples of this.

As individuals we may not always be able to do anything practical to help – but we can always pray, and prayer is powerful.

Pray with us

Choose one or more of these scriptures to read through. As you read, bring to mind people who have been forced from their homes today. Afterwards, say the prayers that follow. You can do this by yourself, or with family, friends or your church group.

Leviticus 19:33-34 Matthew 25:34-35 Deuteronomy 27:19 Hebrews 13:1-2

For people forced from their homes by conflict:

God of peace, We pray for an end to the violence. We pray for lasting peace. Bring healing, restoration and provision today. Amen.

For people forced from their homes by persecution:

God of power, We pray for a world where all are free. We pray for lasting justice. Bring healing, restoration and provision today. Amen.

For people forced from their homes by disaster and disease:

God of compassion, We pray for a world where people can live free from fear. We pray for lasting safety. Bring healing, restoration and provision today. Amen.

For all refugees:

God of love and light, We pray for refugees around the world. May they be welcomed with open arms. May their needs be met. May their wounds be healed. May the world hear their plight. May the world have compassion. May the world take action on their behalf. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Gideon Heugh


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