Bread for the World, prayer focus continues to be on the budget. The Senate budget resolution could make deep cuts to various safety-net programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Women, Children, and Infants (WIC), and international development. These cuts will impact children, the elderly, women, and men in our nation and around the world who struggle with hunger and poverty.
Please join us in this prayer:
Dear God, almighty.
You have blessed humankind with abundance on earth and despite our imperfect humanity, you have charged us with the stewardship of your creation for the common good, so no one suffers need.
Witnessing the impact that natural and man-made disasters have had on poor and hungry people all around the world breaks our hearts, and I pray that through the empowerment of your Holy Spirit we can share a message of good news, and hope.
Help us do the good that you called us to do in loving our neighbor and pursuing justice amid inequality and lack of opportunity for those who are struggling with hunger and poverty.
We pray that you open the eyes and hearts of our leaders, so they may set aside partisanship and distractions to reject any cuts to the safety net and international development programs that have moved millions out of hunger and poverty.
We pray that our lawmakers draft a faithful budget that provides food, jobs, education, health, proper housing, and opportunity for the most vulnerable.
We pray that our nation rises to the challenge to be a beacon of justice providing leadership nationally and globally by dedicating all of our available resources to ending hunger in your world.
These things we pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
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