Journey Around the World in Prayer With Bread
Woman prays during Bread for the World's 2014 National Gathering on June 9-10 in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
This is a new weekly prayer series that will appear each Friday on the Bread Blog.
One aspect of Bread for the World’s new Bread Rising campaign is prayer (the campaign is asking Bread members to pray, act, and give). Staff of Bread for the World in Washington, D.C., gather every Friday morning for prayer, and as part of our participation in the Bread Rising campaign, we will be praying for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.
We will be following the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, a list compiled by the World Council of Churches that enables Christians around the world to journey in prayer through every region of the world, affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing their challenges and sharing their gifts.
We will especially be lifting up in prayer the challenges related to hunger and poverty that the people of each week’s countries face. In prayer, God’s story and our own story connect—and we and the world are transformed. In a prayer common to all of us—the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father—we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This line from this prayer can also be a prayer for the end of hunger.
We invite you to join Bread staff in our prayers for the world’s countries to end hunger. And we encourage you to share with us your prayers for the featured countries of the week or for the end of hunger in general.
For the week of July 13-19, we will be praying for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama:
Lord, we pray for these Central American countries, where hunger and poverty persist and force people to leave their lands for an opportunity at a better life. We pray for the unaccompanied children who leave these countries and come to our country, where they don’t know the language, don’t have family, and are met by people who have forgotten your message of love and welcome. We pray for the families that have to make the agonizing decision to send their children away. May your love console and protect them. Amen.
Percentage of the population below the poverty line in these countries:
|Costa Rica||24.8% (2011 est.)|
|El Salvador||36.5% (2010 est.)|
|Nicaragua||42.5% (2009 est.)|
|Panama||26% (2012 est.)|
Source: The World Factbook of the CIA
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