World Prayers for August 3-9: Canada and the United States
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 August 3 to 9, we will be praying for Canada and the United States.
Lord, You know that we can do nothing tangible to bend US policy in support of impoverished people living in the United States without your assistance. We beg You, Lord, O gracious God, to give of your supernatural power and strength that we might do better on their behalf. We ask that you send your Holy Spirit of comfort and peace to those who bare the unbearable strain of suffering from poverty. We ask for your Holy privilege to aid and assist them. Make us conscience of the fact that we are all children of God, all be us living in incarceration amid our nation’s wheat fields or huddled in homeless shelters in our cities. These things we pray in the precious name of our savior Jesus Christ. Amen
- United States: In 2012, the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.5 million people in poverty (source: U.S. Census Bureau).
- Canada: 9.4 % live below the low income cut-off (source: World Factbook).
Photo: Prayer at the Bread for the World 2014 National Gathering in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
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