Prayers for the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East

Lord Jesus, as a child, you fled from persecution;You have lived the fear, desperation, hunger, cold, and isolation that being a refugee brings.Bring comfort and peace of heart, Lord,to all those risking their lives to seek safety,Protect and guide their journeys, Lord.

 

 “Faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.”Father, bless those who see the plight of refugees,and who are meeting those needs.For those who are exhausted, give them renewed strength;For those who feel overwhelmed, give them courage;For those who feel fearful, we pray for peace and compassion.

 

 Lord, we want to hear your voice again,Guide us as we, as Mothers’ Union, reach out in your nameto refugees both in Europe and the Middle Eastand those affected by conflict in South Sudan and Burundi,in Thailand and many other areas across the world.Bless the work of Mothers’ Union,And lead us, Lord, to fully play our part.

 

 We thank God that our countries our blessed with resources.We uphold in prayer the governments across Europe and the Middle East,asking for wisdom for leaders to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

 

Father God, you are our place of refuge and safety,We pray for you to help us at this time of need.Give us compassion combined with wisdomto meet need with the right resources.May our practical action be rooted in your love aswe reach out as the hands of Christ.Amen

 

 

A Prayer from St Paul's Cathedral;

 

God, no one is stranger to you.

In your kindness look with mercy on those who today

are fleeing from danger.

Watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,

those separated from their loved ones,

those who are lost

and those who have been exiled from their homes.

Bring them safely to the place where they long to be,

and help us always to show your kindness to strangers

and those in need.

Bless the work of those seeking to bring them relief.                        

Awaken compassion and urgency in governments

and all whose decision making can make a difference

and guide the nations of the world towards that day

when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

who too was a refugee and migrant

who traveled to another land

searching for a home.

Amen