Prayer is our priority and is foundational to accomplishing our mission of empowering the Church to serve the vulnerable.
- Pray through the urgent and persistant needs of refugees and immigrants found on this page
- Take the "I Was a Stranger" Challenge for 40 days of scripture and prayer by yourself or with your small group or congregation
Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer: O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them - you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor King David, your servant, saying 'Why did the nations rage? Why did the people waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.' That is what has happened here in this city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. In fact, everything they did occured according to your eternal will and plan. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give your servants great boldness in their preaching. Send your healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus. After this prayer, the building where they were meeting shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they preached God's message with boldness. Acts 4:24-31
Urgent prayer items:
Pray for Housing - A housing crisis in Seattle has prevented refugees from having safe and affordable housing, even in their first weeks and months in America. Pray that property managers would be fair and not discriminate. Pray that housing options are made available that are close to entry-level jobs that many refugees first take. Pray that the Church would step up to help host and house refugees during their first days and weeks in the country.
Pray for Syria - Pray for the millions seeking safety and freedom in different parts of Syria and different parts of the world, most of whom have spent months or years without adequate shelter, food, or health services. Pray for those living in countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq, where resources are very limited and where there is also conflict and unrest. Pray for leaders in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States--that their decisions would be just and compassionate. Pray for those waging peace in Syria and the Middle East--that their efforts would be fruitful and that we would see lasting peace in the region.
Persisting prayer items
Pray for the Church – Pray for U.S. churches. Pray that eyes are opened to worldwide issues of poverty, injustice and oppression. Pray that churches are moved to serve the most vulnerable in their own communities and around the world in a relational, mutually transformational way.
Pray for Refugees Locally – Pray for the refugees entering the United States, often fleeing persecution or conflict. Pray that they are resettled into compassionate communities, connected to a local church and that they have access to necessary resources and relationships. Pray
Pray for Refugees Internationally – Pray for the refugees who have fled their homes due to persecution and violence and are now vulnerable in cities and camps. Pray that they would find safety, health, and freedom. Pray for the families stuck in danger and uncertainty as a result of legislation in the United States. Pray that the US will increase refugee arrivals in 2018 to 75,000.
Pray for Immigrants – Pray for immigrants as they travel to the United States and navigate the immigration legal system. Pray that World Relief would empower the Church to welcome growing immigrant congregations. Pray that gaps in legal processes would be filled so that no person is disempowered and forgotten.
Pray for Immigration Reform – Pray for a bipartisan solution to our current immigration legal system that reflects the God-given dignity of every person, protects and unifies families, respects the rule of law and establishes a just path towards legal status and/or citizenship. Pray for your legislators as they debate immigration.
Pray for World Relief – Pray for a our staff, volunteers, and participants as they continue to build mutually transformative relationships and guide newcomers toward self-sufficiency. Pray for our office for funding, wisdom and connection to resources to our jobs well.