I, Fouad Abou-Rizk, write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for people affected by humanitarian crises, those suffering most in our world.
Proverbs 31: 8-9 (NAB) reads,
“Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute; Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!”
Humanitarian Prayers exists to be an advocate for the poor and the vulnerable, those who are often given no voice to share their experiences with the world. Compassion, a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it, is the heart behind Humanitarian Prayers.
I want to promote compassion by sharing my prayer intentions with others. I pray out of compassion because when I read about what’s happening in the world on my Apple News app’s feed on my iPhone, I become conscious of others’ distress. Knowing of the suffering other people face makes me want to do something about it. I can pray and so can you.
If you believe in God as a Christian, you know that prayer can make a difference.
If you never give money, your prayers are adequate because they are making a difference.
I believe that because of my prayers, Yemeni children at risk of dying from starvation will receive lifesaving care. I believe that because of my prayers, those who harbor hatred towards migrants and refugees will open their hearts to welcome the stranger. I believe that because of my prayers, warlords will put down their weapons and seek peace with their enemies.
The Archangel Gabriel said in Luke 1:37 (NAB), “nothing will be impossible for God.”
That’s why I pray.