Prayer To The Refugee

Even the most vicious of animals must sate its hunger. And if a pack of predators have gone days without nourishment, they will gnash their teeth and bare their fangs in desperation.

Prayer to the Refugee is an interdenominational prayer service for immigrants and refugees. It is intended to point toward the meaning of Christian hospitality as well as to remember those who have been deported, detained, or have died trying to enter this country.

Leaving your home country is a major challenge, the most painful thing people can do to themselves. You lose everything that you had, but at the same time you gain everything that you lacked.

It is true that all people are created equal and each person on this earth deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and to have their basic needs met. When a refugee’s prayer for stability and peace in the country they had moved to, was not answered, he became desperate. He could not take it anymore; he could not take his children’s cries for food, their thirst for water and their need for human dignity any longer.

Prayer To The Refugee

Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God’s family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.

Help us by your grace,

  • To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
  • To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
  • To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice;
  • To share of our abundance as you spread a banquet before us;
  • To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.

We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer.

Prayer To The Refugee

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those held in captivity

Merciful Father,
we cry to you from the depths of our concern
for those wrongly imprisoned or held captive:
for those trying to secure their release,
that the ways of peace and diplomacy may prevail over acts of violence and aggression,
that their captors may know a change of heart;
through him who was sent to proclaim liberty for captives
and to set free those who are oppressed,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

O Lord God,
your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his resurrection
he restores life and peace in all creation.
Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance
and those oppressed by their fellow humans.
Remember in your kingdom those who have died.
Lead the oppressors towards compassion
and give hope to the suffering.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers

‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25, 37-41)

God of all, where are your children?
Let us see God’s children, who are far from home,
adrift in an open, overcrowded boat,
with no compass, no crew, no safety.  

God of all, why is there crying?
Let us hear the cries of refugees and respond with love
to those whose escape from danger
leads only to a journey into danger.  

God of all, who is praying?
Let us pray for the young lives being lost,
for the families who are broken apart,
asking for comfort and for justice.  

God of all, who is answering?
Let us see that You are in the boat,
alongside the members of your family.

May we, who bear your name,
answer with compassion for you.
Amen. 

Merciful God,
We pray for all whose desperation leads them to the sea,
to undertake perilous voyages,
often following dangerous journeys over land:
those escaping brutal wars,
those fleeing religious persecution,
those escaping climate disasters and economic ruin,
those looking for hope in a hopeless situation.

May we look beyond our own fears and concerns
to the needs of those who have nothing,
risk everything
and depend on the kindness of strangers.

May our hearts be opened,
our leaders be challenged
and our self-interest be called out,
in Jesus’ name.
Amen.     

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