Prayer for a Time of Hunger ~ from Bread for the World,
God our sustainer, we ask you to pour your powerful Spirit into
all who are empty this day: Fill the hearts of persons who are
troubled. Fill the minds of men and women who are confused.
Fill the stomachs of your children who are hungry. Fill the souls
of people who are feeling lost. Fill the lives of all who need you,
but do not know you. May your Spirit fill us all to overflowing,
dear Lord, and may we be inspired to share our abundance with
others, so that there will be no more empty hearts and minds,
stomachs and souls. We pray all this in the name of Jesus
Christ, who fills lives with your endless grace. Amen.
O God, we give thanks for the progress that has been made against hunger in your world. Grant strength and relief to all those who still struggle to get enough to eat. Give courage and wisdom to our country’s leaders so that they might make ending hunger a national priority. And inspire us to fulfill your will that daily bread be a reality for everyone on your earth. We pray in the name of Jesus, who is our Bread of Life. Amen.
A recent prayer from Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy organization that encourages all Christians to turn our faith into action for the poor and hungry.
Ending hunger in our lifetime requires a commitment to justice. Arthur Simon, the Founder of Bread for the World, calls us to remember the ideals our nation has always espoused.
The lessons of the nation’s past tell us that liberty and justice cannot be secured for ourselves and kept from others without turning sour. Because we have cherished liberty for others, this country has sacrificed enormously (if not always wiselt) in lives and material resources. We have not cherished justice as much. But justice and equality are no less a part of the nation’s ideals, and we build on them by exercising them in our relationship with others. When we are rich and others are hungry or impoverished beyond description, justice calls for ending this imbalance.