Listen, Lord, as I pray!
You are faithful and honest and will answer my prayer. (Ps. 143:1*)
We pray for the unaccompanied children still arriving at the Mexico – USA border. We thought the situation was easing as fewer children arrived. Now we realize that children are afraid of the conditions in the holding centers within the US.
Our Lord, how long must I beg
for your help
before you listen?
How long before you save us
from all this violence? (Hab. 1:2)
We pray with Indian doctors as they battle fake news and false information about treatment and cures for COVID-19.
How long will you torture me
with your words? (Job 19:1,2)
In this week of the anniversary of George Floyd’s death how much longer must difference in communities be a cause of threat?
My bones tremble with fear,
and I am in deep distress.
How long will it be? (Ps. 6:2b,3)
As United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and foreign ministers gather to support and promote the cease fire in Israel, we pray for the people of East Jerusalem and Gaza, Tel-Aviv and Ashkelon.
How much longer, Lord,
will you forget about me?
Will it be forever?
How long will you hide?
We pray, in the wake of Brexit, about the Northern Ireland protocol as the border with the EU seems increasingly unworkable.
How long must I be confused
and miserable all day?
After the hijacking of the Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania we pray for those who oppose authoritarian government as in Belarus.
How long will my enemies
keep beating me down? (Ps. 13:1-3)
We pray for the new government of Samoa as supporters of the old regime lock the Parliament building, in the face of the Prime minister elect, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, when she arrived with Judges.
How long will you
keep judging unfairly
and favoring evil people? (Ps. 82:2)
We pray for the people of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) near the particularly dangerous Nyiragongo volcano where much of it’s early warning system has been lost due to withdrawal of funding following complaints of corruption.
How long will the wicked
celebrate and be glad? (Ps. 94:3)
When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of everyone who had been killed for speaking God’s message and telling about their faith. They shouted, “Master, you are holy and faithful! How long will it be before you judge and punish the people of this earth who killed us?” (Rev. 6:9-10)
Lord, as we read this list of countries every one sparks the thought of another country, another lack of justice and mercy – how long, O Lord, how long?
You are merciful, Lord!
You are kind and patient
and always loving.
You are good to everyone,
and you take care
of all your creation. (Ps. 145:8-9)
*In these prayers the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible has been used.