World Prayers for Feb. 24 – March 4: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands

February 24, 2017
Bruges, Belgium. 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 Feb. 24 – March 4: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands

Prayer

Lord, we pray for the world, 
for the world in which we live. 
We pray for the girl who says: 
I don't want to live anymore 
and for the boy who confesses: 
I sometimes want to end it all. 
We pray for the new-born baby 
with an uncertain future. 
Lord, we pray for the world, 
for the world in which we live. 


Lord, we pray for all the people, 
all the people in this world 
who feel scared or upset; 
who are ill or lonely. 
We pray for people around the world 
who have no freedom or no family. 
Lord, we pray for all the people 
all the people in this world. 


Lord, we pray for the world, 
for the world in which we live. 
We pray that the world will not collapse 
under the weight of violence and hate 
and that our eyes will remain open 
to beauty and goodness, 
so that we may also pray: 
Lord, we thank you for this world, 
the world in which we live. 
Amen.

(from the Dutch Dienstboek Schrift Maaltijd en Gebed, p. 793 no 65)

Percentage of the gross national income of these countries that goes toward poverty-focused development:

Belgium: 0.45
Luxembourg: 1.07
Netherlands: 0.64
United States: 0.19 (for comparison)

Source: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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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