There is so much going on in our world today. Right now, we’re overwhelmed by grief, hurt, fear, shock, sadness, desperation, anger, and strife. Our world is broken. It has been for a long time and it needs healing. It’s important to recognize that. It helps us see where we are so we know how to pray, which then inspires how we take action to love others.
This world needs love. It needs equality, compassion, inclusion, and understanding. It needs everyone to be welcome to a seat at the table. It needs each person to feel safe and have a voice – one that’s heard and honored. It needs us to love like Jesus. He dignified people of all backgrounds and ethnicities and loved them deeply.
Today, I want to us to take a pause and write prayers for God’s healing, peace, unity, love, equality, understanding, hope, and honor, and any other godly goodness you can think of, to wash over our planet.
Let’s pray and work together to find new, meaningful ways to love, uplift, and care for each other. Let’s show people the true meaning of what it looks like to follow Jesus.
I was surprised by how much I wrote when I penned my prayer this morning. Thoughts, realizations, and emotions just flowed out of me. Recent events have stirred up so much for so many people, you might not need any prompts to jumpstart your journal entry. If so, that’s fine, but I’ll include some for if you’re at a loss with where to begin.
World Prayer Prompts:
Read these verses and let them soak into your soul.
Romans 12:2-21 (NIV) –
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Choose the prompt(s) that speak to your heart and use them to write a prayer to God:
- Pen a prayer for the world – for unity, overcoming racism and bigotry in all its forms, and peace. For love to reign supreme, kindness to prevail, and people to set aside their differences and love each other.
- Jesus says one of the greatest commandments is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31). Everyone is your neighbor. Ask him to open your eyes to how you can reflect his love and compassion to every single person you come across, regardless of color, creed, socioeconomic status, or any other factor. Ask him to help you love others for who they are, exactly as they are, right where they are, in the ways they need to be loved.
- Pray for God to help you gain a deeper understanding of other people’s realities, and to give you compassion, empathy, and a generous heart. Ask him to guide you to set a good, godly example for everyone in your life, to be a light and demonstrate his love with every interaction.
- Write down how you feel about current events. Give all your emotions, pain, prayer requests, and ideas to the Lord. He knows your heart and is there for you, but it might help you just to let it out, and writing is a healthy way to do that.
Regardless of which prompt you choose, please be sure to pray to make a positive difference for at least one person today. Then take action and do it.
God painstakingly created all of us to be different, unique and beautiful. He lovingly molded every single person on this planet with his own two hands. He carefully selected every attribute he wanted us to have, from skin tone through personality. He designed us to love.
It’s the differences that create the color, texture, and beauty in the mosaic of life. Without it, it’s all just a bunch of broken glass. Let’s embrace and celebrate our uniqueness. Uplift someone today. Make a difference. Be the difference.
Let’s make Jesus’s love for us overflow out into the world. Let’s help people realize they’re loved.
Thank you for reading, praying, and (hopefully) writing. Much love to you all.