Prayers for the world today

It’s been a challenging time for so many people around the world. From a global pandemic to political and social unrest to natural disasters, we have seen so much suffering. It’s precisely in times like these we should lift our eyes to God.

Children in Guatemala pray.

Let's turn to our Heavenly Father in prayer. It’s been a challenging time for so many people around the world. From a global pandemic to political and social unrest to natural disasters, we have seen so much suffering.

It’s precisely in times like these we should lift our eyes to God, for as Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Our God is sovereign and good, powerful and compassionate. He invites us to talk to Him. We are to turn to Him in faith, petition Him with persistence and thanksgiving. There are many beautiful verses where believers in Jesus can turn to pray for mercy for our world in times of need.

Hebrews 4: 16

''Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.''

John 16:33

''In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.''

Our Father Prayer

This is the Lord's prayer from Matthew 6:9-13:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be Your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.


Prayers for the world today

Father God, we pray for our world today. We pray for peace and hope to abound. Many have been troubled by natural disasters, conflict, and the results of a global pandemic. In challenging times, help us turn to you as our source of strength and hope. Merciful Lord, we offer a prayer for your peace to be with all those who have suffered and continue to do so. Amen.

Prayer for the world today

Prayers for the Church and our world

We praise you, God, for your Church across the globe. In particular, we lift to You our Compassion church partners who are faithfully serving you. So many have continued to share your love in practical ways throughout the pandemic. Right now, they are supporting vulnerable children and their families in their communities with counselling, food, hygiene and medical assistance.

We pray for this world ministry and ask that you’d work through your people to set people free from the chains of spiritual and material poverty for your glory. Amen.

Prayers for our troubled world

Lord, we lift up our world in prayer. There’s so much pain and suffering. Give us your wisdom and teach us how to pray for the world. May your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

The Church is praying around the world. No problem is too big or small for our sovereign God. If you’re praying with us, here are some things to pray about for the world.

The Coronavirus pandemic

Please protect those vulnerable to the illness around the world. We think especially of those living in poverty, where medical assistance may be more difficult to access. Father, we pray for your protection and healing. We pray for our partner churches in different parts of the world working so hard to look after their community with limited resources. We also lift before you health care workers and medical researchers. Thank you for their tireless and selfless service. Lord, we praise you for the recent medical advances against this disease. We pray resources will be fairly distributed around the world. Amen.

Natural disasters

Lord, we pray for all who are affected by natural disasters, from bush fires and plagues to floods and devastating mudslides that destroy homes and livelihoods, putting lives at risk. Merciful Lord, we pray that people living through these difficult times would find comfort and hope in you. And, please bring them the practical aid that they need. Amen.

A girl walks down her street in ankle deep water.

Conflict and political instability

Lord, we pray for all the countries that are going through conflict and political instability. We ask for peace, and that their citizens be free from fear and know stability once more. Amen.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Father God, we bring before you all who have fled persecution and conflict searching for safety in different countries. May they find loving communities, be able to settle well and find healing for their experiences. May they find your peace. Lord, may those they meet be kind and compassionate to them. May they be welcoming and understanding. We lift them to you, Father God, and ask for your protection over them. Amen.

Prayers for the world this week

Lord, as we pray for the world this week, help us pray in line with your will. We know that you're a good and sovereign God. Please help us to trust you as we go out into this broken and imperfect world to be your salt and light. Amen.

Prayer for world peace

A boy put his hands together in a prayer pose in Thailand

Lord, we pray for world peace. We pray that countries find diplomatic solutions. We pray that wars and unrest will cease. Thank you for your promise that one day there will be no more tears, no more heartbreak. Until that day, we pray for your continued grace and goodness to overflow in this world. Amen.

Prayers for a country in crisis

Lord, we also offer a prayer for peace on earth, in Syria and Afghanistan. In Tigray right now, political and social unrest is causing many to flee for their lives. In Brazil, thousands are protesting over the Government’s handling of the pandemic. Lord, we ask for peace in these nations and throughout the world where there’s unrest. Please protect all those who are vulnerable. Amen.

Prayers for natural disaster victims

We offer a prayer for the nations of the world to you, Lord God. From the locust plagues in Africa to countries buffeted by typhoons and floods in Asia, many countries are crying out for mercy. Lord, we entrust them to your sovereign care, and we too pray for Your compassion and provision. May help get to those affected at just the right time. And may they find their comfort in You. Amen.

There are more prayers for the world and vulnerable children around the world. If you want to pray further, here are some more resources to help you.


WORDS : Agnes Wilson

PHOTOS : Javier Ellis



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