Pray to End Hunger

Prayer is essential to ending hunger by 2030. God’s grace in Jesus Christ moves us, and prayer equips us to take faith-grounded advocacy actions.

The Bible provides numerous examples of men and women like Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, and the prophets, who prayed intensely prior to carrying out acts of justice, advocacy, or service. Jesus, our ultimate advocate and example of spiritual discipline, prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his earthly ministry.

Through prayer, we acknowledge our insufficiency and our dependence on the Holy Spirit to effectively witnesses to God's love for humankind. Through prayer, God’s story and our story connect to transform the world.

We invite you to make prayers to end hunger part of your regular prayer life.

Commit to Pray

It is commonly known that the cause of hunger in the world is not a shortage of food but rather the access to food. Photo: Laura Pohl/Bread for the World

Why We Pray

In Luke 18, Jesus shows us what it looks like to declare our dependence on the Holy Spirit. In a parable, he tells of a widow demanding a righteous judgment from an unjust judge. Despite the judge’s unwillingness, he eventually gives the widow what she asked for because of her sheer persistence.

Christ explains: "And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? ... I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them…" (Luke 18:7-8). Like the widow, we too must cry out to the Lord regularly because we know that God listens.

Here are some concerns you can include in your prayers right now. Pray for: •	people who experience persistent hunger, particularly women and children. Photo: Laura Pohl / Bread for the World

Commit to Pray Regularly

Will you pray for an end to hunger?

Philippians 4:6 tells us to "let your requests be made known to God.” When we call upon God's promises, the Bible assures us that God hears us (Psalm 10:17) and will answer (Isaiah 58:9). Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

You can make prayers to end hunger part of your regular prayer life. When you pray Give us this day our daily bread, include people who are hungry in our country and around the world in your petition.

Commit to Pray     Order daily prayers resource

We pray for an end to hunger in God's world. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Prayer Updates

Bread can help you deepen your prayer commitment. We will send you prayer suggestions every two weeks by email when you sign up. We can also send you other resources about your neighbors who might live next door or around the world who need your prayers. Sign up.

Here are some concerns you can include in your prayers right now. Pray for: people who experience persistent hunger, particularly women and children. Photo: Laura Pohl / Bread for the World

Pray Now

Here are some concerns you can include in your prayers right now. Pray for:

  • people who experience persistent hunger, especially women and children
  • God’s love to guide our steps as we work to end hunger
  • the Church to advance the Gospel by working for justice and an end to hunger
  • the leaders of our country, that they will make ending hunger and poverty a priority by 2017
  • an end to hunger globally by 2030
“He has heard my voice and my supplications.”

Psalm 116:1

Tools
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For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mind the Gap: Nutrition to Bridge Humanitarian and Development Efforts

    By Jordan Teague

    Because the world has made so much progress against hunger in recent decades, those who face hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty are increasingly likely to live in areas currently experiencing or recovering from crises. They are the hardest to reach and the most...

  • International Development Association (IDA) and Nutrition

    Improving maternal and child nutrition is the most cost-effective investment in international human and economic development.

    Improving nutrition not only alleviates human suffering, but also improves the conditions that create poverty in the first place. For every $1 invested in...

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
     

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

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  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

  • El Dream Act de 2017 (S. 1615 & H.R. 3440)

    Estados Unidos es una nación de inmigrantes. A través de su historia gente de todas partes del mundo se han trasladado aquí y han contribuido en sus comunidades y a nuestra vida nacional. Hoy, al igual que en el pasado, los inmigrantes continúan creando prosperidad y enriquecimiento para esta...

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