Week 3: All Things New in My Global Community
THOSE SUFFERING UNDER POVERTY
BLESSING “THE LEAST OF THESE”
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
—Matt. 25:34-40 (ESV)
PRAYER + REFLECTION
1. Pray for the 256 million people facing food insecurity (double the amount from 2019), that they will eat daily and receive care.
2. Lift up the estimated 736 million people living below global poverty standards, that food, clean water, shelter and jobs will be accessible to them.
3. Ask the Lord to grant wisdom, resources and compassion to the ministries, agencies and governments working to alleviate and end global poverty.
4. Pray that the followers of Jesus Christ would always embrace, advocate and care for the global poor.