This prayer is designed for use in a worship gathering of a Christian assembly. By praying for those in poverty, we can help to shape our thinking about those in poverty in ways which are compassionate and Christian.

This prayer is adapted for use in an Australian context from a prayer composed by Janet Eriksson.

A prayer for those in poverty

God of justice,

We bring before you those who are living in poverty in our community.

We ask that you would lift them up and give them hope.

Show us how to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to show his love to them.

May those in poverty have a voice, and may we be your voice on their behalf.

Lord, we remember those who are currently slipping into poverty. Give them strength and hope. May they not give up and lose heart.

We ask this in the name of Jesus who also experienced poverty in his time on earth.


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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at