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Prayer for the Poor

This page has two prayers for the poor. The first offers the least, the last and the lost to God and reflects on our response to the marginalized and vulnerable in our community. The second is a traditional prayer from the Episcopal Church which considers the forgotten and neglected in society:-

Prayer for the poor and needy

Lord God,
You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.
You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.
You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer.


(a contemporary prayer for the poor and vulnerable from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

click here for a modern prayer for justice, suitable for praying for a nation or needy people group in mind.

Come, O Spirit of God

A prayer song of justice for those who are brokenhearted or in great sorrow, based on Isaiah 61:-

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

Mother Teresa (1910–1997)

Episcopal Prayer for the Poor and the Neglected

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.


(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

read sample prayers of the faithful including a short article on how to write good bidding prayers.