40 Days of Prayer for Refugees
Friends, Lent starts this Wednesday, March 1st. It's meant to be a time to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Holy Week - the death of Christ on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The past few years I have chosen to add something to my life during Lent, rather than depriving myself of something. This year I have chosen to spend the 40 days of Lent in prayer for refugees and those who serve them. I hope that you'll join me for these 40 days of prayer for refugees. Each day I will write out a prayer and post it on my Facebook page. I've included the prayer for day one below, but if you want to follow along with all 40 you'll need to 'like' the Faith & Forced Migration Facebook page. I will also post several graphics on Facebook throughout Lent that you can use as screen savers on your phone or wallpaper on your computer to remind you to pray. Each day there will be a specific topic for prayer - all relating to refugees, those who serve them, and the conflicts and governments that affect them.
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Thank you for joining me on this Lenten journey to pray for refugees. Here is my prayer for day one.
Day 1: A Prayer for Refugees
You have a special place in your heart for the displaced, the stranger, the refugee.
Throughout history you have chosen the weak things in the world to shame the strong. Refugees are one of those weak things that you use to move your plans forward. You used Noah, and Moses, Naomi and Ruth, and David, and Esther, and the early church. Even your son Jesus was a child refugee who never had a place to lay his head.
Even today you continue to use even the tragedies of conflict and displacement to shape your Church and teach us more about your priorities in the world. I ask today that you would keep a watchful eye over refugees. Comfort the grieving, protect those in danger, provide for those in need. Through your Holy Spirit mobilize your Church to comfort, protect, and provide for refugees as the hands and feet of Jesus.
It is in His name I ask. Amen.