Thirty Days of Prayer for Refugees
by Dr. Warren Hatley
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Father, Most High God, King of Kings, I come to worship You with all thanksgiving and praise because You are my provider. You give every good and perfect gift.
You hear my prayer and respond with perfect love. You are the Great Physician providing healing for me in body, mind and spirit. You give eternal wisdom; providing me with unerring guidance in every situation of life. You redeem us as sons and daughters by providing the greatest gift of all in the life, death and resurrection of your son, Jesus the Christ. You provide us the privilege and command to share this story of your loving provision with all people. You provide eternal life to all who receive Your provision. All thanks are given to You, my Provider.
by Robert Dorrough, Jr.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Father in heaven and God of all hope, we know that you have great love and compassion for those who are known as refugees. Your word also declares that each person is made in your image and likeness. As such, no one is a stranger to you and no one is far from your loving care. It’s our prayer today that refugees around the world would experience your presence and kindness in real and tangible ways. Additionally, we ask that you would provide comfort and peace to those whose hearts are filled with grief and fear. Finally, O Lord, we earnestly pray that every refugee might believe that you want to give him or her a future and a hope. In the Glorious Name of our Savior. Amen.
by Dusty Matthews
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30)
Father God, Great Jehovah Rophe, receive our expectant and humble offering on behalf of the multitudes who have been displaced from their homes and homelands around the world. Accept our intercessions on their behalf for the healing of mind, body, and spirit. As Peter asked so we too ask, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” heal their hearts, their memories, and their physical bodies. Send your Holy Spirit to guide and comfort all displaced persons; to renew their spirit and will. Assist them with your Spirit as they seek to adjust to a new life. Lord God, in their paths place those who seek to serve You by serving the needs of those who struggle with loss of home, family, income and health. Give all displaced people eyes to see and ears to hear of your love for them. We bring these persons to the foot of the Cross of Jesus Christ that they may receive all such healings, blessings and gifts as you would have them receive. Amen.
by Ms. Katherine Geist
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14)
Dear Lord, On this particular day when we pray for our special refugee children, we are reminded of the song we learned in our early Sunday School classes: “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.” Please continue to pour your blessings on the beautiful refugee children we are fortunate to know and those whom we have yet to know. Give these children the strength to persevere in their new homelands as individuals of good character -- trustworthy, honorable, and true to themselves and their special families . . . and may we forever hear their innocent, joyous laughter ring in our ears and in our hearts as they continue to grow through your love and through the works you have entrusted to us by the teachings of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
By Mrs. Michelle Tanzi
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. (Matt 5:4)
Most merciful Father, look with compassion and mercy upon all those who have been displaced from their homes because of war, persecution or famine. Grant to your Church and people everywhere hearts of compassion to love and serve displaced people, and in so doing, they may be changed into the likeness of Our Christ to Your glory. God of all comfort, comfort these refugees in their fears, mourning of loved ones lost, and unknown futures. Comfort them most of all in the knowledge and love of Your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
by Bill O'Brien
Based on Psalm 23
Gracious God and loving Father, we come into your presence on behalf of countless refugees across the world, yea even in our own city. Your only begotten son and his earthly parents were refugees. They knew what it was like to be homeless. Remember, O Lord, what has befallen all these innocent victims. Their inheritance has been turned over to the oppressor. Though they may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, may your goodness and loving kindness follow them all the days of their lives. While their circumstances can never provide happiness, may they go out in joy and be led forth in peace. Grant that we may live into their experience as fellow sisters and brothers created in the image of God. In your holy name we pray, Amen.
By Dr. Samira Page
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Eph. 4:23)
Lord, guide us by your Spirit. Change our hearts and renew our minds by the power of your Spirit that we may love those who are different from us in appearance and customs, but one with us in our common humanity. Lord, help us bear fruits of mercy, love, hope, and faith in the lives of refugees. Help us serve refugees, the kind of people you served when you walked the earth.
Lord, give us the strength to serve refugees joyfully and faithfully. Help us do the good works that you have given us to do in and through them. We ask in the name of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.