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Prayers for the Malawi food crisis

Malawi food crisis. Credit - Christian Aid / Matt Gonzalez-Noda6.5 million people are going hungry in Malawi, where drought, erratic rainfall and devastating floods have ruined harvests. Could you use these prayers in your church or group, to stand alongside the people of Malawi?

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Points for prayer

Pray for the 6.5 million people in Malawi urgently in need of access to food supplies, as the country faces its worst drought in a decade.
Pray for those families who are going hungry and struggling to find enough food to eat.
Pray for the 500,000 people who have no access to safe drinking water
Pray for the hundreds of thousands of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and under-twos who are at particular risk of malnutrition.

Latin American prayer

‘Lord, to those who are hungry, give bread.
And to those who have bread, give a hunger for justice.’

Latin American prayer

Prayers of Intercession

‘May you made strong in the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience…’
Colossians 1:11

Lord of life,
Thank you for our brothers and sisters in Malawi,
for their friendship and companionship over the years.
With faith, hope and love we pray with them now
as they face the worst drought in recent years.

We pray with the more than 6.5 million people urgently in need of food.
With those who are suffering the pain of hunger
and with those who are particularly vulnerable:
the pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and the under-twos.
We pray for all to get the nutrition and nourishment they need
to be protected from malnutrition.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray with all those who are waiting for the harvest,
hoping that the solar panel irrigation will work,
longing for the rains yet remembering recent devastating floods.
We pray that they may be made strong with all the strength
that comes from your glorious power.
We pray that the harvest will come.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray they would know they are not alone,
that they are not forgotten but are held in our hearts.

We pray for the day when we will all joyfully give thanks
because the extremes of drought and flooding no longer threaten,
because justice will be reaped in abundance,
because all will eat and have enough.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer 


Prayers of concern

Let us pray for those who hunger in this land:
whose only kitchen is a soup kitchen,
whose only food is what others don’t want,
whose diet depends on luck, not planning.


Lord, feed your people,
using our skills and conscience,
and eradicate from our politics and private lives
the apathy to hunger that comes from overeating.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

Let us pray for the hungry in other lands,
where economies burdened by debt
cannot respond to human need,
or where fields are farmed, for our benefit,
by low-waged workers courted by starvation.


Lord, feed your people,
even if rulers must cancel debt
and shareholders lose profit,
or diners restrict their choice
in order that all may be nourished.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

Let us pray for the hungry for justice,
who document inequalities,
who demonstrate against tyranny,
distinguish between need and greed,
and are sometimes misrepresented or persecuted
in the process.


May their labour not be in vain
and may we be counted in their number.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

Reproduced by permission. Copyright  © WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot  


Mayenziwe 'ntando yakho 

Your will be done on earth, Lord


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