World Prayers for January 1 – 7: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine

December 30, 2016
Masada is a rugged natural fortress in the Judaean Desert in Israel overlooking the Dead Sea. Wikimedia Commons.

Bread for the World believes prayer is central to the work of ending hunger by 2030. Hunger happens in every corner of the world. In this blog series, we will provide a prayer for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.

This prayer series will follow 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 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 January 1 – 7: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine

A prayer by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but you. 
Great and wonderful are your works, wondrous are your ways. 
Thank you for the many splendored variety of your creation. 
Thank you for the many ways we affirm your presence and purpose, 
Thank you for the freedom to do so. 
Forgive our violation of your creation. 
Forgive our violence toward each other. 
We stand in awe and gratitude at your persistent love 
for each and all of your children:            
Christian, Jew, Muslim, 
as well as those with other faiths. 
Grant to all our leaders attributes of the strong; 
mutual respect in word and deed, 
restraint in the exercise of power, 
and the will for peace with justice, 
for all. 
Eternal God, creator of the universe, there is no God but you. Amen.
(Excerpted from Current Dialogue 24/93, p.36)

Percentage of the population of these countries living below the national poverty line:

Egypt: 25.2
Israel: Not available
Jordan: 14.4
Lebanon: Not available
Palestine: Not available

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2017 Hunger Report.

Prayer is a central part of Bread for the World’s work. Learn more about how you can get involved with prayer at Bread. 

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