OSJ Prayers | March 2017

OSJ Special Prayers: March 7, 2017

Join us in prayer as we grieve alongside of our refugee sisters and brothers after the recently revised executive order.

On March 6, President Trump signed a revised version of an Executive Order on refugees and Muslims. Most notably, the order will enact a 90-day suspension of all visas for nationals from six Muslim-majority countries, halt all refugee resettlement for 120-days, and lower the goal for the number of refugees the U.S. admits from 110,000 to 50,000 this year. This is the lowest resettlement goal in U.S. history. The world is right now experiencing the greatest refugee crisis in recorded history.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ,

In this time of great need — when millions of people, created in your image, beloved by you, are displaced, persecuted, and threatened because of their race, religion, politics, or social situation, we turn to you in prayer.

We turn to you, Jesus, who crossed a border as a refugee, fleeing from Herod’s persecution to the safety of Egypt. Draw near to those who cross borders today, longing for safety and a means to survive.

We turn to you, Jesus, who reminded us to watch carefully for your face among those we welcome, telling us, “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” Empower us to expect your presence to come in the face of those who are strangers to us today.

We turn to you, Jesus, who called blessed the ones who mourn, and who promises that they will be comforted. We join those who mourn today. We mourn with mothers and fathers who will no longer be reunited with their children. We mourn with those who will not receive life-saving medical care. We mourn with those who have dedicated their professional lives to working with refugees, and who face cuts and job losses in the wake of this decision. We mourn with those among us who are treated with suspicion and even hatred because they live in a country that has portrayed them as dangerous. We mourn with the majority of refugees, who are children, and whose future feels hopeless.

We turn to you, Jesus, who has called us according to your purpose. You have long called our denomination to open our churches and homes and hearts to welcome refugees, and you have blessed us and changed us and strengthened us through those who have come. We trust your purposes, Lord, and we anticipate your call now.

We lift in prayer the leaders of the United States — work in them that their hearts would be softened to the plight of refugees. We pray that they, too, would seek after your purposes and hear your calling. We pray that we would find our voice, alongside those who are poor and persecuted, to advocate for dignity, humanity, and justice from those who are powerful.

Your will be done, O Lord, on earth as it is in heaven.