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Prayer for the Poor and the Marginalized

Following is the prayer that our pastor’s wife prayed during a recent Taize service.  Sorry, I can’t remember her name at this time!

Dear Lord,

We lift up to you the poor and the marginalized.

We know that these are your cherished ones, that you are a God whose heart cries out for justice, that you are a God who longs to feed the hungry. We ask simply, Lord, that you give us your heart.

Fill us Lord with your compassion, give us your eyes to see, give us boldness and selflessness and wisdom, so that we too might cry out for justice and feed the hungry, so that your light might shine throughout the earth.

Lord, we especially life up the children among us who are poor and marginalized, finding themselves in circumstances they did not choose and helpless to change. We lift up AIDS orphans, children of war, children suffering abuse and neglect, children smitten with malnutrition an disease, lacking education, housing or the most basic of life’s necessities. Might they somehow come to know the love of their Creator, who knows each hair on their head and collects their tears.

Lord, you know every wretched tale. Every overwhelming statistic, you know personally, one by one. Thank you that one day you will make all things right through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Until that day, let us be tireless in doing what is good and what is right unto the least of these, knowing the Father’s love for them.


  1. Ronah Faye Niña Rama
    December 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  2. doug
    January 7, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Please pray for my ministry to jail and prison and to homeless that GOD and JESUS would
    give me their STEADFAST heart for them. That I would take the time to spend with JESUS
    A lot more still time so I will become MORE like HIM, PLEASE… HE is so good…

    Thank you for your prayer… doug

  3. April 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    it is not a good thing. rich people are becoming more rich and poor people are becoming more poor. there is nobody to take care of poor people.

  4. strike000
    November 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm


  5. Hugh
    March 4, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Lord, you said that we would have the poor with us always but pleased help us to love them always, to care for them always and to respect them always.

    Give us hearts to see the poor as they truly are, being our brothers and sisters, are mothers and fathers, our husbands and wives.

    Let our acts of kindness restore their dignity, let our compassion restore their hope and our love rekindle their faith.

    Lord let us always remember that in aiding the poor, we truly show our love for christ and our obedience to gods will.

    Lord help us to never grow satisfied or content in doing our duty of love and give us strength to love until our end.

    In Jesus name


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