Lord, open our eyes
that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears
that we may hear the cries of the hungry,
the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts
that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one.
A Prayer for the Hungry
O God, we pray now for the hungry— not the spiritually
not the emotionally hungry
not the psychologically hungry
(though they surely need our prayers)—
we pray now simply for the hungry hungry.
We know in the realm that Jesus showed us no one
no one lacks daily bread.
In Your Realm,
those with food remember the hungry,
those with food share their food with the hungry,
those with food work on behalf of the hungry,
those with food weep for the hungry,
even if it makes them feel guilty.
God, we are grateful you never forget about the
that you long for the hungry to be fed.
God, we are grateful you never forget about those who
that you long for them to feed the hungry.
God, the hungry and unhungry stand as one before you;
loved with the same love,
both in need of you and each other.
God of the Hungry, so many are hungry.
Rescue your hungry children,
fill their stomachs with food
and their hearts with gladness,
so that they, too, might experience the luxury of dealing
only with their spiritual hunger,
their emotional hunger,
their psychological hunger.
Send your Spirit to the hungry hungry,
and to the unhungry,
until all feast with Jesus in the new age.
In the name of Jesus and the hungry hungry we pray.
a prayer by Steve Hammond
Most merciful and gracious God, we pray today that our eyes might be fully opened to the suffering of our family around the world. Expand our horizons from our narrow circle of family and friends to include all of those created so perfectly in your image. Grant us the all-encompassing love of Your Son the Christ so that we might have open hearts as well as open eyes.
Fill us with compassion. Fill us with a passion for justice. Fill us with a true hunger for righteousness.
Make us get off our buts, and get off our assets, as well. And then grant us the strength and power of your Holy Spirit that we might prove ourselves good and faithful disciples as we reach out to those most in need. Amen
Here is a prayer by Mimi A. Simson from Santa Barbara, California in Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World, a collection of wonderful prayers written by women from around the world.
For Those Living with Poverty and Hunger
Our Loving Creator God,
We bring before you this day
the burden the whole world carries
as it endures extreme poverty and hunger
in every land.
Stretch out your loving arms, we pray,
to embrace the suffering women, men and children
whose bodies, minds and spirits are shrinking
before our very eyes.
Help us to look, really look,
with clear eyes and open hearts,
to see the pain and hopelessness
in their bewildered eyes.
Kindle within each one of us
a flame of love and purpose,
Enable us to channel our love into action
in every way possible
For this we pray. Amen