World Prayers for September 11-17: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia

Waterfall near White Drin River in Kosovo. 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 11-17: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia

God, you are the God of life.
Transform us in the depths of our hearts
into people through whom your peace is carried out into your world.
Send your Spirit into the hearts of those
who are captured in the net of violence,
be it as perpetrators or as victims,
and let us never give up the search for the chance to talk to them.
(Prayer by Frano Prcela OP, Croatia. European Ecumenical Assembly, Graz 1997.)

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

Albania: 14.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 17.9
Croatia: Not available
FYR of Macedonia: 27.1
Kosovo: 29.7
Montenegro: 11.3
Serbia: 24.6
Slovenia: Not available

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. 

Related Resources