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 witness 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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Prayer and reflection. Photo by Joe Molieri / 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

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy

Faith

African at Heart

November 22, 2019

Insight

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