World Prayers for May 15-21: Kenya and Tanzania

Beans for sale at a market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Racine Tucker-Hamilton for Bread for the World.

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 May 15 – 21: Kenya and Tanzania

In all seasons, let peace prevail

Dear Lord,
We thank you for the gift of peace. It’s a gift that only you can give. 
Lord, we are living in great turmoil – hunger, disease, poverty and tears. 
The cost of living has gone so high; there is so much desperation and despair. 
Lord, your children are crying out to you – hearken unto us and bring forth a breakthrough. 
We pray that above all we will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are in control. May we be still and know that you are God who never fails. 
We stand on your promises that you have a good plan for us – one of prosperity and not harm.
We pray that as we go through the various seasons of our lives – the ups and downs – that your perfect peace will prevail through all things. 
We place our assurance on you knowing that you are above all things and in you all things hold together.
Be glorified Lord. Arise and take your place.
(© 2011 Laura Wachira, Kenya)

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

Kenya: Not available
Tanzania: 28.2

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2016 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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