World Prayers for Feb. 19 – 25: France, Germany, and Monaco

February 16, 2017
Woman beggar in Paris, France. Howard Wilson for Bread for the World.

Bread for the World believes prayer is central to the work of ending hunger by 2030. Hunger happens in every corner of the world. In this blog series, we will provide a prayer for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.

This prayer series will follow the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, a list compiled by the World Council of Churches that enables Christians around the world to journey in prayer through every region of the world, affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing their challenges and sharing their gifts.

We will especially be lifting up in prayer the challenges related to hunger and poverty that the people of each week’s countries face. In prayer, God’s story and our own story connect—and we and the world are transformed. In a prayer common to all of us—the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father—we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This line from this prayer can also be a prayer for the end of hunger.

We invite you to join Bread in our prayers for the world’s countries to end hunger. And we encourage you to share with us your prayers for the featured countries of the week or for the end of hunger in general.

For the week of Feb. 19 – 25: France, Germany, and Monaco

Confession of faith

I believe that God loves us. 
I believe that God stands patiently at our side.  
I believe that when we hold out our hand 
God takes it to help us discover peace and joy.  
God invites us to take on a new identity,  
as sons and daughters, following Jesus Christ.  

I believe that Jesus Christ came to embody God’s love. 
I believe that that love has been given in his acts and words  
to men and women like us. 
I believe that he gave himself to God  
to make God’s Kingdom come.  
I believe that his suffering testifies to the pain God feels 
in the face of human suffering. 
I believe that his rising from the dead demonstrates 
that God is present in all our darkness.  

I believe that the Holy Spirit enables us to receive God’s love. 
I believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today, 
and that he is sending a great company of men and women on their journey. 
I believe that the Holy Spirit helps us recognize the signs of the Kingdom in the here and now. 
I believe that within the Christian community  
the role is passed on to keep watch and to tell our hope to the world.
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Percentage of the gross national income of these countries that goes toward poverty-focused development:

France: 0.36
Germany: 0.41
Monaco: Not available
United States: 0.19 (for comparison)

Source: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Prayer is a central part of Bread for the World’s work. Learn more about how you can get involved with prayer at Bread. 

 

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