World Prayers for December 17-23: China, Hong Kong, and Macau

Woman with traditional Yunnan head gear, cleaning a fish pond with a brailer in Dali, Yunnan, China. 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 December 17 – December 23: China, Hong Kong, and Macau

God of many names
God of all peoples
God of China

No great wall
can keep you out

No great dam
Stop your love flowing.

From mountain to sea
in paddy field and city
you walk with your people,
you see
In you
strangers become friends

and so

we weep for China’s pain
sing of China’s faith
pray with China’s people
hope for China’s future

Lord God of all people

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

China: 3.3
Hong Kong: 19.6
Macau: 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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