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.

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

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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
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

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

  • Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

    Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...

  • Key African American Contributions to Ending Hunger and Poverty

    Leaders from the African-American community have helped our country and other nations inch ever closer to the goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Key contributions by African-Americans throughout this century can be found below.

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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