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Jesus, You are the Bread of Life, the One who satisfies our deepest hungers and quenches our deepest thirsts. May our words and actions point others toward You. And as we point, may we not ignore the very real physical hunger that too many people in our world are facing.

May we see You in “the least of these.” May we see You in those who are hungry and thirsty and cold and lonely—brothers and sisters, neighbors, strangers—and may we be moved to meet their needs.

May we see You in children and families who won’t have enough food on their tables at dinner tonight.

May we see You in the fathers and mothers who aren’t able to fully provide for their children, even after working long hours.

May we see You in the children affected by war and hunger and fear in places like Syria and South Sudan.

May we see You in the women and children who have to walk hours just to find water to drink in places like Mozambique and Bangladesh.

And may we be moved to action. 

Lord, we confess that sometimes it is easier to close our eyes to the hurt in our world, so we ask that you would open our eyes to the needs of others. Open our eyes to Your healing work in the world, and move us to become part of that work.

Our Father who is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and help us seek ways to share it with those in need.

May Your Kingdom of Enough come, and may Your will be done on earth—even in the forgotten corners—as it is in heaven.

 

Learn how churches are living this prayer with their communities in NCM’s latest magazine: Rooting Out Hunger 

 

Photo courtesy of Jill Fothergill

Photo courtesy of Jill Fothergill

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” — Matthew 25:35

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