November is a month when we celebrate harvests and family and the blessings of the year. Our Prayer Guide this month will focus on HUNGER and the people and organizations that help alleviate hunger in our country and around the world. Many of the prayers are from Bread For The World (www.bread.org) an advocacy organization that believes hunger is a problem we can solve if we all work together.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
“Your will be done on earth as in heaven…” Matthew 6: 10
Loving God, may this be a month of thanksgiving for your holy plan for earth and all your creations. May we participate in your great vision of an earth that is filled with your generosity and compassion.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Pray for those in our community who struggle with hunger and give thanks for those who respond to this need through the Indian Springs Community Center.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Give strength, courage and resourcefulness to all who work to create a better life for themselves and their communities. Help us realize how much we need each other.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
God of the nations, we pray today for good governance of countries, for conflicts to cease so crops can grow, schools can teach, and communities can flourish, not just for a few, but for all.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Give thanks for the Bread of Life, Jesus. May we so live that people are fed by our witness and our faithful cooperation with God’s healing Spirit.
Monday, November 6, 2017
“They will hunger no more, and thirst no more…” Revelation 7: 16
We pray for missionaries who pour themselves into the lives of people in poverty, to bring them fresh water pouring from a well, in the name of Jesus, the living water.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Many people will vote today. Pray that those elected will have the compassion shown by Jesus for the poor and marginalized, and reflect that compassion in budgets and policies.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
One in five children in our country live in families that struggle to get enough to eat. Thank you for the UMW leading our church in the backpack ministry at Indian Springs Elementary School.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Pray over your food today, and give thanks for the farmers, the field workers, the pickers, the truck drivers, the grocers that all cooperate so we can have food for our tables. Speak blessing into the world for them, and for God’s great goodness.
Friday, November 10, 2017
“Pray for our President, the members of Congress, and other elected leaders. May they be moved to make ending hunger in our own country and around the world by 2030 a priority for our nation.” (Bread for the World prayer guide)
Saturday, November 11, 2017
We thank you, Lord, for all who have served in our country’s military. They fought to uphold the values and commitments of our country. May we honor them by insisting that our nation be a beacon of hope, a light of high ideals, and a place for all to succeed.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.” Psalm 86:5
Give thanks today for Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, pastors, and spiritual guides who have helped you to know the ONE who created you, and loves you, and who will never leave you.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Give thanks for caregivers of small children and frail elderly or persons with disabilities. Strengthen them and bless them as they offer loving care to others, even as Jesus did. Pray that we all speak courageously for those who have little influence or power.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Pray for those who are looking for a new opportunity to earn a living. Uphold them in prayer as it is easy to become discouraged. Offer a word of hope and encouragement as they make a change toward a fulfilling life.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Come to Wednesday Night Dinner tonight. The program is “Thanksgiving Stories from the Pew.” Be inspired by the faith journeys of your Cassidy family. Give thanks for God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Give thanks for our church and all other churches that work together to end hunger. Bring food to local food bands, volunteer with Meals on Wheels, share a meal with someone in need. You are blessed to be a blessing.
Friday, November 17, 2017
“Happy are those…whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth…who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.” Psalm 146: 5 – 7
Think about God’s justice work for the oppressed and hungry. Pray for the courage to do the same.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
“Although we live in the world’s wealthiest nation, a reported 14.5 percent of U.S. households — nearly 49 million Americans — struggle to put food on the table.” (www.bread.org) Have you ever struggled to put food on your table? Do you know someone who does? What would God have you do?
Sunday, November 19, 2017
“We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom: in the upholding of human dignity and community; in every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation; in each act of self-giving on behalf of others; in the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough; in all responsible use of the earth’s resources.” From the World Methodist Social Affirmation, 886 in UMC Hymnal
Monday, November 20, 2017
As you prepare for family and friends gathering at Thanksgiving, take time to thank God for each person and their love in your life. If you have time, write a note of thanks to express your love.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The time of harvest has come, and God has blessed us with the fruits of earth and labor of many. Remember in prayer today the thousands and thousands of people who have survived fire, hurricane, flood, earthquake, drought and disease this year. Say a special prayer for their healing and wholeness.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Pray for your personal response to people who live on the edge of society, with never quite enough to be able to meet their needs, much less improve their lot. How can you help? Tutoring, cooking, building a home, giving a check – what special way of being God’s hands in the world is Jesus asking you to do?
Thursday, November 23, 2017
“Give thanks to the Lord!” May your Thanksgiving celebration reflect the many ways that God has blessed you so that you may bless others. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Friday, November 24, 2017
Pray that your heart will be filled with gratitude. Recognizing God’s presence in our lives enables us to live without fear or anxiety. Our God is good to all creation, our God loves this world so much that Jesus, the embodiment of God’s love, came to set us an example and save us from our greed.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 39
Remember that Jesus said a neighbor is one who has mercy on those in need. Pray that God guides you to be a good neighbor in your community.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Christ the King Sunday
A sign of the reign of God is that the poor are transformed by the love of Christ-followers into what God intends us all to be – friends of God and siblings of Jesus, ready to be connected to the life-giving vine. Pray for discernment to find how you can help.
Monday, November 27, 2017
“In the Gospels, Jesus was compassionate to all people, especially the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the hungry, the poor, and the infirmed — the most vulnerable in society (Isaiah 61:1-2; Matthew 11:2-6; Luke 4:18-21). Jesus loved all people — rich and poor — and actively cared for people in need. He urged his disciples to do the same (Matthew 25:31-46). We too are commissioned to do the same today.” (www.bread.org)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Does your family pray when you sit down to a meal? Pray today for those who do not have enough to eat or a home where family gathers. Ask God for forgiveness whenever you realize you have taken food and shelter for granted.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
What is your prayer for the hungry and lonely of the world? Write a prayer to God expressing your heartfelt desire to be an agent of healing and reconciliation.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
“Through prayer, we acknowledge our insufficiency and our dependence on the Holy Spirit to effectively witnesses 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.” Go to www.hunger.org to sign up to be a prayer partner with Bread for the World.