30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 30

As we finish our 30-days-of-prayer for refugees, we ask, dear Lord, to help us put our trust in you. Help us remember your mercy, compassion, and mighty acts on behalf of those who suffer. Help us, dear Lord, to rest in the knowledge of your justice and triumph over evil. Help us remember, Lord, that you alone are able to save us all from our sins, injustices, and ways of death and destruction that we perpetuate in the world. We ask in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dr. Samira Page- Gateway of Grace

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. ( Psalm 37:1-7)

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees-Day 29

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You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10: 19)

Heavenly Father, you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support. That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death. Amen

Church of England

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 28

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Good and Gracious God, we pray for our refugee neighbors, that those families who have sought shelter from the ravages of war, discrimination, oppression, and violence may find sustenance for the journey through the abundant resources that you have graced us with. May they experience love and encounter your light through us who profess to be your presence in the midst of darkness. May they find hope in loving and supportive community of believers in which to create a new beginning. May they find dignity in the authenticity of care and relationships with Christians who come alongside. May they find healing in the tender words of love and strong words of guidance. Please, O Lord, help us help our refugee neighbors for the sake of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Dr. Samira Page- Gateway of Grace

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 27

Almighty God, who has called us who were once ’strangers and exiles’ to become 'fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God’ (Eph 2), and who were once 'not a people' to be your people, even children of the living God (Rom 9:25-26), make us always mindful of your grace; and grant that we who have become citizens of your kingdom may show forth our gratitude for the same, by sharing your lovingkindess with those who have yet to partake in the inheritance of the saints in light (Col 1:12), to the glory of your marvelous name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom- St. Christopher Episcopal Church

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 26

Dear Father, In your compassion, we seek your protection for refugee children who are often alone and afraid. Provide comfort to those who have seen violence and destruction, who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they love because of war or persecution. Comfort them in their sorrow, and be their help in the time of need. Have compassion on unaccompanied migrant children, too, Lord. Reunite them with their families and loved ones. We cannot even imagine what it is like to be strangers in a foreign land as a child! Help those children reach safety. Help us to see how we might reach out to these precious and vulnerable children. Open our hearts to migrant and refugee children, so that we might see in them your own migrant Son. Help us to defend them against those who would do them harm. We pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 25

God stands in the assembly of gods; and in the midst of them will judge gods. How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the persons of sinners? Pause. Judge the orphan and poor: do justice to the low and needy. Rescue the needy, and deliver the poor out of the hand of the sinner. They know not, nor understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High. But ye die as men, and fall as one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. ( Pslam 81)

O Lord, You rescued Israel from the slavery of Pharaoh and the oppression of the Egyptians through the hands of your prophet Moses, likewise rescue the refugees across the world who are oppressed. Save them from all of their sorrows, O Lord. Remove their sufferings now. Protect them from afflictions and comfort them in their hardships. Protect their souls and bodies. Cover their sins and sustain them in all their conduct. Turn their sorrows into joy. Heal their sufferings and all diseases of their bodies, souls and spirits, both hidden and manifest. Protect them from the rage of their enemies, their persecutors, their oppressors and their adversaries. Turn away from them the evil of all the unjust. Look with compassion upon them. We ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chirst. Amen.

Dr. Samira Page- Gateway of Grace

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 24

O Lord Jesus Christ, Our Great God and Savior, Who called our father Abraham out of his home in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans into a new and strange land, which you promised to him and his seed forever, You Who granted favor to your servant Joseph when he was taken away in chains to the land of Egypt, You Who heard the cries of Your people when they were held captive in the land of Egypt, You Who hearkened to the lamentations of Your people when they were carried away to Babylon, and You Who after becoming man for our sakes did deign to live as a foreigner in the land of Egypt, hearken unto the voice of our prayer and grant Your blessing unto those who have fled their countries in search of safety in this land and abroad. Stretch forth Your mighty hand upon them, and protect them from all harm, misfortune, and tribulation. Bless them and shelter them that they might know Your loving kindness, and bless us their neighbors to welcome them. For You have said of those whom You shall welcome into Your Kingdom at the Final Judgment, O Lord, “I was a stranger, and ye took Me in, (Matt. 25:35b)” for “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me (Matt. 25:40).” Have mercy upon us all, and save us all, O Lord. And unto You do we send up glory, together with Your Father Who is without beginning, and Your All-Holy Good and life creating Spirit, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Fr. Photius Avant- St.Sava Orthodox Church

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 23

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope. Rom. 15:13

Lord Jesus, open our hearts to more of your love so that we may be a source of joy, peace and love for those you have brought to us. May they see in us the deep love and light of Christ and be drawn to him as their Savior and Lord.

Michelle Key- Church of the Apostles

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 22

Jesus, I pray for the refugee crisis that is sweeping across America and the world at this moment. I pray for the hearts of those that you are calling to work with the refugees and to serve them. I pray that you would continue to put a passion in their heart that burns. I pray for the hearts of the refugees that they would seek you in their time of needs and trials. I pray that people would come along beside them and help them through the pain. Lord, please bring communities to the refugees to show them love and grace that abounds. Bring them communities to help them feel that they are not alone. For those that have taken refuge in you lord, I pray psalm 71:1 over them. I pray that they would not feel ashamed. I pray that you would help restore dignity to the hearts and minds of the refugees. I pray that you would bring healing to the trauma they have been through. I pray your peace over them Lord. Thank you for all the ways you are working with the refugees, Lord. Amen.

Cody Isaacson- The Ark Christian Ministries Intern

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 21

Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body, you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst! Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, but you poured out your love and compassion on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters. Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds. Lord Jesus, help us by your grace, To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister; To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs; To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice; To share of our abundance as you spread a banquet before us; To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring. We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 20

" The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1

Lord, Help us remember those who have fled for their lives and are strangers in foreign lands. We pray for those who are escaping persecution and conflict. We also pray for those who are camped in different parts of the Middle- East, Africa, and Asia, carrying so many physical, emotional and spiritual wounds. Be theier comfort for the sake of your great mercy.

Lord Jesus, give us more of your compassion for thier plight and help us follow your will in seeking mercy and justice on thier behalf. We pray for peace now, and an end to all warfare, conflict and abuse of power by governments that oppress thier people. Most importantly, we pray for your coming to bring all things under your loving and just subjection. Amen.

Dr. Samira Izadi Page- Gateway of Grace

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 19

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son. Matthew 2:14‭-‬15 NIV

Lord Jesus, please lead and help the fathers and mothers and children who find themselves having to leave their home in the face of danger as you did as a child. We also remember the many family members and friends of refugees who do not escape the threat of harm. We ask for comfort and protection and the progress of peace. Please give this land have a welcoming spirit and raise up your Church with open hands and open hearts.

By the strength in Your Name, Jesus. AMEN

Rev. Dr. Kwesi Kamau- Impact Church

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 18

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. Matthew 10:29

Our Lord and God, No one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care and mercy. According to your loving kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost, and those who have left home or who have run away from home.Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need. We ask these through our Lord and Savior Christ who lives and regins with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 17

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Through the ages, O God, You have used journeys—the uncertainties, the hardships, and the unknowns—to guide people to better places and to hold them closely. You have revealed Yourself as a spring in the desert, a pillar of fire, a plume of smoke, a voice from the clouds.

In ways beyond our imagining, go among and before those who flee persecution, harm, and hopelessness. Grant them safety, hope, and new life, even in difficult and exhausting days. Be their light and their salvation; we ask in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Rev. Russell Jonas- Canyon Creek Presbyterian

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 16

The prophet Ezekiel shares with us the vision of God’s kingdom...a place where all God’s people “shall be secure on their soil; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke, and save them from the hands of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be plunder for the nations… they shall live in safety, and no one shall make them afraid.” Ezekiel 34: 27-28

Heavenly Father, we pray that you will open our eyes to see the vision of God’s kingdom as a place where all can live without fear. Open our hearts and fill them with your love, so that we may share your love with those fleeing a life of enslavement and terror in their own country, and welcome them to live in safety among us. Guide our feet so that we may walk alongside them, learning about them, their needs, their desires; guide our hands that we may reach out and show them how to navigate the ways of our country. Strengthened with the showers of your blessings, may we build the bridges that will allow us to come together in a community of loving support for one another. May all your people know that the Lord their God is with them, and that they are His beloved children. In Christ’s Holy Name we pray. Amen.

Archdeacon Rosemary Trei

30 Days of Prayer for Refugees- Day 15

Our Father and Great God, Our hearts are filled with gratitude for your goodness that we experience each day. We are grateful for your indescribable grace that covers every aspect of our life. It is in that grace that we are moved by your Spirit to love the refugees you have appointed to us. So, it is our prayer that we would love them as you told us to love everyone – not only in words, but also in our actions. Make our hearts sensitive to the unimaginable sufferings they have experienced, our efforts fitting to their needs, our words your words of peace and hope, and our patience long as you heal their souls. And as you make us the presence of Christ to refugees, we pray that not one of us serving a refugee would think that we can offer anything that does not come from your supply. Help us to discern, beyond our experiences, how to love those who have wounds and painful memories too deep for words. Father, keep thoughts of eternity always on our minds so that as we build relationships with them, we will not become passive towards sharing the good news of your amazing grace given only in Jesus Christ. For those we are yet to meet, keep them in your care. For those we may never know, we ask you to awaken your people around to the work you have appointed to them. All of this we pray in the powerful and matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Savior and coming Redeemer.

Dennis Page- Co-Founder/Gateway of Grace

30 Days of Prayer For Refugees: Day 14

Jeremiah 7:5-7 – “If you do not oppress the alien…then I will dwell with you in this place…”

Merciful God, Look with compassion upon me. Grant me the grace to see the refugees as you see them. Lord, I want you to dwell in my heart and in my life, so change my heart, if the thoughts of my heart are not aligned with yours. I acknowledge that I am not all that you want me to be and I don’t see people as you do, but I am open to your pruning. Do not leave me to my own worldly thoughts and fears. Help me, Lord, to be more like you and seek Jesus in the face of the stranger and the refugee.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” ( Psalm 139:23-24)

Amen.

Dr. Samira Page- Gateway of Grace

30 Days of Prayers For Refugees: Day 13

Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “For the Lord your God...loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Deuteronomy 6:10-13 – The people of Israel are made aware that the land had come to them as a gift from God and they were to remember that they were once aliens.

Deuteronomy 1:16 – “Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien.”

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 and 26:12-13 – Tithing was begun, in part, for resident aliens.

Deuteronomy 24:14 – “You shall not withhold the wages of poor and needy laborers, whether other Israelites or aliens who reside in your land...”

Deuteronomy 24:17-18 – “You shall not deprive a resident alien...of justice.”

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 – Leave sheaf, olives, grapes for the alien.

Deuteronomy 26:5 – A wandering Aramean was my ancestor…

Deuteronomy 27:19 – “Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien…of justice.”

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. St. Francis of Assisi - 13th century

30 Days of Prayers For Refugees: Day 12

Psalm 86:5-7 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you,because you answer me.

Holy Father, we thank you that you are a God who sees, hears, and comes to our aid. We thank you that you are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Would you hear our prayer, Lord, and listen to our cry for mercy for those who are in distress, for each refugee, that when they call to you, you will answer them.

Denny Slaton- All Saints East

30 Days of Prayers For Refugees: Day 11

Today's prayer is a little different. It is written from the perspective of someone praying over one refugee.

Dear Heavenly Father we ask for your peace and your direction during this difficult time. You are the almighty and the only One that can help us. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. The Lord says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”. May God walk along side you in all that you do. May the power of the Gospel touch your hearts.

Joyce Neth- St. Nicholas, Flower Mound