World Prayers for Sept. 6-12: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia

Photo from 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 September 6-12: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia:

Prayer of a Bosnian villager:

Through a hole in the roof, O my God, I am trying to see you;
trying to tell you that all your people are suffering,
trying to ask you to bring peace,
to please stop this awful killing and destruction,
this murderous frenzy of nationalism!

(First published in A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998.)

O God, so many of these countries have been wracked by war and continue to be wracked by poverty and hunger. Give all of these countries strong governments, strong economies, and strong people who are trying to build and rebuild nations. Give Christians and churches in these places strength to carry out their missions of helping people in need. Give all who live in hunger there food to eat and strength to live, O God our provider. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Percentage of the population of these countries living below the national poverty line (2014 figures):

Albania: 14.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 17.9
Croatia: NA
FYR of Macedonia: 27.1
Kosovo: 29.7
Montenegro: 11.3
Serbia: 24.6
Slovenia: NA

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2015 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.

Photo: Interior of an old Christian Orthodox church in Sarajevo, the oldest sacred building in the city. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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