Lord God,

Today billions of human beings will suffer the ravages of war, hunger, pandemics, addiction, abuse and poverty. Today billions of people will struggle to get through the day hungry for the love and hope You alone offer without knowing You are who they want and need. Today billions of people will go through the motions of living with little joy and even less hope.

In Your mercy hear the prayers each one of us offers on their behalf. Grow our compassion to share the love of Jesus by what we say and what we do with those who need it most. Enable us to do what You need us to do in the way each of one us can uniquely do it. 

And as we do all of this, may we never feel like Your call to pray, love and serve is an obligation, but one of the greatest privileges of our lives.  

We pray this in the strong name of Jesus.

Amen.