World Prayers for January 15 – 21: The Middle East

January 13, 2017
Doha Bay, Qatar. Diego Delso/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 15 – 21: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen

Bring us out of darkness into light 
O my God, 
bring us out of darkness into light. 
Illumine our hearts with your wisdom.
Give us light to guide us to you. 

O my God, 
shine light into our hearts…
light into our ears,
light into our eyes,
light on our tongues,
light at our right hand,
light at our left hand, 
light above us,
light beneath us,
light before us, 
light behind us.

Shine light into our souls.
Flood us with light.
Lord, expand our hearts,
and prosper our work.
(A Prayer during the Mecca pilgrimage. In: Noticias del Arca, summer 2005)

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

Bahrain: Not available
Iran: Not available
Iraq: 18.9
Kuwait: Not available
Oman: Not available
Qatar: Not available
Saudi Arabia: Not available
United Emirates: Not available
Yemen: 25.8

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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