By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

We pray for one another across our local communities and we also pray for situations across the globe that have very little to do with the daily situations in which we find ourselves. That is part of how we trust God: we can pray for those we have never met, because we trust that God loves them already, that God knows them already, and that God is at work in their lives. God hears our prayers for those we have never met because God’s deep and wide love is all encompassing. 

The World Council of Churches (with whom Kenilworth Union Church has long been connected, see our stained glass window when you first enter the sanctuary) has a daily global prayer resource that offers up prayers from different countries around the world, written by faith leaders from within that country. Here is one from a pastor and academic Mercy Oduyoye whose work I have read in my courses in Global Christianity. If you have enjoyed daily prayers and would like to be part of a wider and expansive global prayer network, you can look at the World Council of Churches “Ecumenical Prayer Cycle” here

Let us pray:

We invoke you, Spirit of Unity,
Transform our divisions and reshape our vision.
All of creation, all living beings, cry in the midst of injustice and brokenness.
Spirit of Unity, reconcile your people.
We invoke you, Spirit of Unity,
Heal the wounds of our history,
Remove from us all that sustains our present divisions.
Unstop our ears to hear your call for unity.
—Mercy Oduyoye, We Would Be One, Institute of Women in Religion and Culture, Accra, Ghana.

Grace and peace to you, our friends.

Thank you for the ongoing connection to this community of faith and raising prayers to God through the 100 Days of Homegrown Prayer.

At the conclusion of these 100 days, the daily devotional will continue with a new season focused on cultivating gratitude. Over the fall months, members of our church will author reflections of as aspect of their lives for which they are grateful. Your attention to these ideas may inspire your own list of thanks and prayer.

To subscribe, you do not need to do anything…we will continue to send you daily emails. If you are inspired to learn more or offer to write a devotion, information may be found here. 

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7