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Daily prayers for Advent

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Praying together for a more just and compassionate world

Share the light and life of Jesus this Christmas, by joining in with daily prayers for our world. Follow the links to learn more about each daily theme, and let these stories and resources inspire your prayers. Check out the daily Bible verses to reflect on how God’s Word can speak into our prayers for our world today.

Download your printable Advent prayer calendar here

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December 1

Communities impacted by conflict

Pray for people caught up in conflicts around the globe, and for all those who are working towards peace and healing. Pray for places experiencing conflict where it has fallen off the news radar, like Myanmar, Sudan and Afghanistan.

Isaiah 2:4-5

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December 2

Good health for mums and babies

Pray for pregnant women, infants, parents, and the people who support them. Poverty creates many challenges for mums and babies. Tearfund’s Christian partners are helping them to overcome these hurdles and thrive.

Psalm 139:13-16

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December 3

Give thanks for positive change

Praise God for changed lives! Give thanks for people who are sharing with others the hope they have found. Pray for patience and faith when transformation is slow to emerge. Give glory to God for every story of transformation, small or great, known or hidden. Read this story of transformation from Laos and let it inspire your prayers.

Psalm 145:3-7

A story of transformation
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December 4

Renewed hope for creation

Pray for communities who experience the impacts of climate change: for protection of homes and livelihoods, and wisdom and creativity for a sustainable future. Pray for more communities to experience hope through climate-resilient solutions. Ask God to lead us -- from individuals to corporations to nations -- to take steps to care for the earth God has given us to steward. Go deeper in your prayers for climate with this resource.

Psalm 65:5-8

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December 5

Global hunger and food insecurity

Pray for provision of nourishing food and clean water for those in need. Pray for healing for those suffering from malnutrition and hunger. Ask God to bring rain at the right time where it is needed most, leading to good harvests and renewed water sources. Want to go deeper? Use our guide to pray for the global hunger crisis.

Matthew 5:3-12

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December 6

Courage serving in hard places

Give thanks for the faithful and courageous people who serve their communities, helping to tackle the challenges of poverty and create new opportunities. Ask God to protect them, provide for their needs, and encourage them today.

Psalm 23

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December 7

Peace amidst mental health challenges

The impacts of poverty and conflict can affect mental wellbeing. A network of care and support helps people as they navigate their mental health journey, like it did for Halima. Pray for Tearfund’s partners who are doing the important work of providing care and support for mental wellbeing, and breaking down cultural barriers to better mental health.

John 16:33

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December 8

Education opportunities

Praise God for the ways that learning opportunities are opening up brighter futures for children and adults, giving people pathways to experience their potential! Pray for teachers and community leaders as they encourage families to see the value in education, especially for girls, who often miss out. Read these encouraging stories of education champions in South Sudan, and pray for them by name today.

John 10:10

Education champions
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December 9

Give thanks for restored relationships

Poverty is the result of broken relationships between people and God, creation, each other and themselves. Today, let's give thanks for the way God is restoring all of these relationships. Give glory to Jesus, who became a human so that all people could draw near to God and enjoy relationship with him!

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

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December 10

The church around the world

Pray that God’s power will be revealed through the church around the world – that it will bring a message of hope amid the suffering. Pray for the church in Australia to speak out against injustice, and respond with faith, hope and generosity as agents of God’s restoration.

Matthew 5:13-16

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December 11

Empowered Communities

All over the world, people are taking steps to overcome poverty through community-led initiatives. Pray that these initiatives would flourish, and through networks of community groups, people facing poverty and injustice would encounter connection, empowerment, and a place to share their gifts and ideas.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Read what this looks like in Bangladesh
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December 12

Leaders and politicians

Pray for those in positions of authority, that they would use their voice and influence with justice and mercy. Pray for wise and effective responses in times of crisis, and for unity and collaboration in responding to global issues. Praise Jesus, who has all authority in heaven and earth, and rules with justice and righteousness.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

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December 14

Healthy relationships and gender equity

Pray that in places of abuse and conflict, hearts would be softened and relationships restored. Pray for transformation in communities where gender inequality keeps people, especially women, trapped in the cycle of poverty. Praise God for the ways that women are being empowered and helping to shape more just households and communities.

1 John 4:11-12

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December 15

First Peoples of Australia

Pray for meaningful steps forward for our nation in seeking to address the injustices and inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and pray for the organisations Tearfund partners with in Australia in this work. Give thanks Christian leaders in First Nations communities who work tirelessly to help their communities flourish with fullness of life.

Ephesians 3:14-21

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December 16

Give thanks for good news

Jesus came bringing ‘good news that will mean great joy for all people’. Today, let’s give thanks for the many wonderful expressions of this good news around the world. Praise God for his people who are agents of good news in places of poverty and injustice.

Luke 2:10, Luke 4:18-19

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December 17

Growth and harvests for farmers

Millions of people like Caterina depend on agriculture for their food and livelihoods, but challenges like climate change and conflict are threatening what farmers can grow, eat and sell. Pray for hope for farming families, for access to the resources and skills they need for better economic and nutritional outcomes.

Psalm 65:9-11

Hope for farming families
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December 18

Refuge for displaced people

Lift up the needs of people like Rotafina who have been forced to leave their homes, often due to conflict, disaster or persecution. Displaced people face many challenges on top of the trauma that has forced them to flee. Pray for their provision, hope and healing today.

Psalm 27:5

Pray for displaced people
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December 19

People living with disability

The impacts of poverty are often compounded for people living with disability, who can face isolation and stigma, even from their own families. Pray that people with disabilities would be embraced and supported as leaders in their homes and communities, like Punya, who is a passionate advocate for others regardless of their perceived limitations. Praise God for his image in every person!

Genesis 1:27

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December 20

Courage for the persecuted

Pray for those who are persecuted because of their faith in Jesus. Give thanks for Tearfund's Christian partners who, despite restriction, disadvantage or threat, joyfully persevere in serving their communities. Pray that God would open up ways for their work, and lead them in being vessels of his love and good news. Read and pray for these stories from places of persecution.

Matthew 5:10-12

Courage in the face of persecution
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December 21

Better water and sanitation

Pray for a reduction in water-borne diseases, particularly amongst young children – half the world’s population still does not have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Praise God for the ways that access to safe water is improving – like for this community in Zimbabwe.

John 7:37-38

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December 22

Humanitarian aid and emergency responses

Pray for communities recovering from disasters, particularly where they no longer have media attention. Getting help to the people that need it most can be difficult in times of disaster: ask God to make a way for aid and assistance to reach the most vulnerable, and that Christians would be vessels of his hope and care in times of chaos and tragedy.

Psalm 9:7-10

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December 23

Protection for vulnerable children

Thank God for the special care he has for children, and all those who are vulnerable and oppressed. Ask that he would see and hear them, and respond to their needs, and protect them from harm. Pray that God would lead children living in poverty onto paths of opportunity, impact and the fullness of life he has for them.

Mark 9:36-37

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December 24

Just systems and structures

Pray for increased faith when we wonder if our prayers for immense things like changed structures can make a difference! Ask God to make a way where there doesn’t seem to be one so that our world’s systems and structures can reflect his heart for justice, compassion and fullness of life. Read Sarah’s inspiring example of stepping out in faith for change.

Luke 1:51-53

Stepping out in faith for change
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December 25

Give thanks for renewed hope

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth today, let’s remember and give thanks for the renewed hope that we have in him. Jesus fulfils all the longings we have for a more just and compassionate world, and shows us how to follow him in living as people who bear his light and life.

Isaiah 9:2-7