Prayer for the Poor

Here’s prayer for the poor from Bruce Prewer.

Prayer for the Poor

“When you harvest the crops of your land,
do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields,
and do not pick up what the harvesters drop….
Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you.” Leviticus 19:9-10

As you once said, Lord Jesus,
the poor are always with us.
Overseas and in our land,
in crowded refugee camps
and sleeping on our city streets.
The poor. Your much-loved poor.

Some are poor by choice,
some by their foolishness,
some by calamity,
and many because of the greed of the rich
and the indifference of the comfortable.

Christ have mercy on us all.
Give us the political will and know-how
to lessen the injustices that perpetuate poverty.
Bless the efforts of the religious and secular agencies
who reach out with disciplined compassion.
Prompt each of us to do whatever seems possible
and then to prayerfully consider what more can be done.

In the meantime, while we are now praying,
touch the lives of your children who are in poverty
with blessings which the rich cannot know.
For your love’s sake. Amen.

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage.