Note: this prayer was used on September 25, 2008 at an Interfaith Service of Recommitment and Witness to the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, NY.
Prayers for the Millennium Development Goals
In the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, let us pray that god’s justice and peace will prevail in the World.
Leader: Let us pray for the poor, hungry, and neglected all over the world, that their cries for daily bread may inspire woks of compassion and mercy among those to whom much has been given.
People: Give us the will to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Leader: Let us pray for schools and centers of learning throughout the world, for those who lack access to basic education, and for the light of knowledge to blossom and shine in the lives of all God’s people.
People: Give us the will to achieve universal primary education.
Leader: Let us pray for an end to the divisions and inequalities that scar God’s creation, particularly the barriers to freedom faced by God’s children throughout the world because of gender; that all who have been formed in God’s image might have equality in pursuit of the blessing of creation.
People: Give us the will to promote gender equality and empower women.
Leader: Let us pray for the health of children and families around the world, especially for an end to child mortality, that in building healthy families, all God’s people may be empowered to strengthen their communities and repair the breaches which divide nations and peoples.
Leaders: Give us the will to reduce child mortality.
Leader: Let us pray for ready access to prenatal care and adequate nutrition for all pregnant women and an end to maternal mortality.
People: Give us the will to improve maternal health.
Leader: let us pray for an end to pandemic disease throughout the world, that plagues of death may no longer fuel poverty, destabilize nations, and inhibit reconciliation and restoration throughout the world.
People: Give us the will to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Leader: Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God’s creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.
People: give us the will to ensure environmental sustainability.
Leader: let us pray for all nations and people who already enjoy the abundance of creation and the blessing of prosperity, that their hearts may be lifted up to the needs of the poor and afflicted, and partnerships between rich and poor for the reconciliation of the world may flourish and grow.
People: Give us the will to develop a global partnership for development.
Leader: Almighty and most merciful god, you command us to offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted; Grant that your holy and life-giving spirit may so move every human heart; that we may give of ourselves in the service of others until poverty and hunger cease in all the world, and all things are reconciled in heaven and on earth.