Phillip Harrison is a member of Trinity United in Grimsby. Phillip is also a licensed lay worship leader. He wrote this prayer especially for today:
God of all peoples, hear our prayer for the refugees that are facing such hardships and uncertainties. Spur on Your Christian people to meet this crisis with the love and understanding that Jesus taught us. We pray for the local churches as they are the frontline defense of this ongoing horror. Help them stand strong in the face of the terror that is engulfing them. Let them not lose sight of the fact that You are there with them as they battle all their adversities.
Let all Your churches greet this harsh time as an opportunity to extend Christ’s love by extending hospitality, compassion and love. Let us recognize this as a time when we can be the hands of Christ in this world by extending the welcome hand of friendship to the displaced refugees, viewing them not as a threat to our own peace and security, but rather as fellow children of God who require our help.
May these acts of kindness so interact with Christians outside our own country that they are uplifted and able to join in this great trial. Many of the people fleeing the oppression are already Christians and so know of Christ’s love and care, but others have not yet learned of Jesus’ ministry and to them we extend the hope that they may learn of Jesus and become part of this great family of love.
Above all, God, we pray that You may intervene in the lives of those fleeing the oppression and bring them peace.
All this we ask in the name of Your Son, our Saviour, Christ Jesus.
Based in the UK, Christian Aid envisions an end to poverty. Here’s their prayer for today:
God of peace, encourage those who seek to establish a fair and just peace in the Middle East. Bless their efforts as they work to end conflict. Lead those who engage in violence to put down their weapons and to live in peace with one another.
God in your mercy
HEAR OUR PRAYER
God of justice, bless those who work for peace through justice. Strengthen their resolve in the face of seemingly endless violence. Guide the leaders of the peoples of the Middle East to know your will and to support a just peace for all of your children. God of love, lifting up the holy land for all humankind, breathe love and compassion into our prayers with a desire for nothing other than peace: peace in our hearts, peace for all creation, and especially peace in the land that is called holy.
God of mercy, even as we long to understand that which is often beyond our comprehension, we lay before you the hearts, minds and bodies of all those suffering from conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and from the ongoing occupation. Shower upon all the people of this holy land the spirit of justice and reconciliation.
God of the nations, give to all our people the blessings of well-being, freedom, and harmony, and, above all things, give us faith in you that we may be strengthened to care for all those in need until the coming of your son, our Saviour and Lord.
From ACT Palestine (source)