Praying for the Global Refugee Crisis

The Lord watches over the foreigners
and sustains the fatherless and the widow.

– Psalm 146:9

Pray for the church.

Pray for the church in the U.S., that eyes will be opened to the global issues of poverty, injustice and oppression. Pray that churches here will be motivated to serve refugees entering our country. Pray for the church, the community of believers in the Middle East, who live under the daily threat of being driven from their homes and even death.

Pray for the local refugee community.

Intercede for those entering the United States and the challenges they face in relocation and resettlement. May they find welcoming and compassionate communities here, and may local churches be a source of hope and blessing. Pray especially for the housing needs of incoming refugees, who are often forced to locate in less desirable neighborhoods.

Pray for those who work in resettlement agencies.

Various denominational and parachurch organizations partner with the federal government as “first responders” to arriving refugees. They are charged with the formidable task of helping refugees find housing, access health care, enroll children in school, begin English classes, and apply for jobs – all within a matter of weeks. Pray for these agencies and their staff as they attempt to link refugees to local churches for long-term care and support.

Pray for immigration reform in our nation.

A bipartisan solution is needed that reflects the God-given dignity of every person, protects and unites families, and establishes a just path toward legal status and/or citizenship. Consider contacting your own legislators and encouraging them in working toward a solution.