The Lambeth Conference Journey shares ‘Prayers of Hope for the World’. Featuring prayers from Anglican bishops - and the wider Lambeth Conference Community - this journey brings prayers from around the worldwide Anglican Communion.

1 Peter 1: 13-16     (click to read)

Be Holy:

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Week 2, Day 1 
Sunday 17th January 2021
Prayers for hope

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Bishop Eleanor Sanderson, Wellington, New Zealand

A prayer of hopeful humility (Based on Psalm 23)

God of all goodness, I pray in hope for our world and for the life of our Anglican Communion:

May we humbly draw near to you once more, as you humbly choose to dwell with us. May we humbly walk with you afresh, so in your mercy our feet tread the way of our Saviour. As we, and this world, continue to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, may we be deeply humble and full of hope. Trusting in you, our Creator Redeemer and Giver of Life, in your goodness, your provision and your protection. Choosing not to lean on our own understanding, or follow our own paths, but listening and following your voice.

May we humbly become more fully your church, so that in your world, your goodness and your mercy shall forever flourish.
Amen

Bishop Jorge Pina Cabral, Lusitanian Church, Portugal

My prayer of hope for the world and the life of the Anglican Communion consists first of all in giving thanks to God for all men and women of good will, whose lives are an example of love and giving in contexts so often of difficulty and sacrifice.


The love manifested by these discreet and anonymous saints is not only the hope of a better future but also the sign of God's presence among us today. I also thank God for the richness and diversity that exist in the Anglican Communion and which make it a family of brothers and sisters in Christ.


Amen.

Week 2, Day 2 
Monday 18th January 2021
Prayers for proclaiming Good News

Heavenly Father, the season of COVID-19 has been full of anxiety, separation and suffering. We wish it could have passed by, but we know that you can work good out of evil. We know that your mysterious will for us is loving, though for now we see in a glass darkly.


By your grace, teach us of our fragility, our mortality, and our need for you. Through this painful means, show us how we are connected and how we need one another.


By your Holy Spirit, use this time of hard self-understanding to open the ears of many to the Gospel of your Son, and our ears too, to hear it and follow him anew.


In Christ’s name, Amen.

Bishop George Sumner, Dallas, USA

Loving Father, You have chosen men and women to serve in the ministry of your Church in every generation; and have given them perfect examples in person of your Son Jesus who sacrificed his life for us. We are also encouraged by the example of Moses who provided leadership to the children of Israel in face of hunger, snake bites and diseases.


We pray for all Church leaders to not forget the privilege of their calling, nor shirk their responsibilities.


Keep them in your love that they may be good shepherds of your people and true servants of him who is your great High Priest Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.


Amen.

Archbishop Justin Badi, South Sudan

Week 2, Day 3 
Tuesday 19th January 2021
Prayers for pandemic response

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Bishop Mary Gibson, Montreal, Canada

O God, we thank you for your Holy Spirit moving in this world and in the hearts of all who love you. We thank you that even now in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, you are with us always, to the end of time. Thank you for calling us to serve you as your Body in the world.

As we love and serve you in your Church, help us to serve You in Your way, for Your Glory, Lord. May we be shining lights of your love and mercy, of your compassion, your generosity, of your healing and your wisdom.

We pray for the Anglican Communion and our multitude of ministries, that we may so love and respect and share with one another, that the world may see your love in action. We pray for hope to inhabit our hearts, bringing this planet closer to you, Lord.

May our hearts so continue to be shaped by your kingdom and your concerns for your whole creation that you may be glorified in all that we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Archbishop of Cape Town, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Creator God, we pray for the world and the Anglican Communion as we seek to respond to the scourge of the coronavirus.


As we celebrate the scientific progress the coronavirus vaccine represents, we also lament the unequal world order in which the poor and vulnerable are always left behind.


We commit to Jesus’ particular concern in his heart for these and pledge to help ensure that they are given priority as vaccines are rolled out.


We offer these prayers in and through Jesus Christ our Lord who knew the love and care of an earthly home and lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever
Amen

Week 2, Day 4 
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Prayers for people

My prayer of hope is for those who depend heavily on harmful substances and whose families are in great suffering in the islands of Seychelles.

Eternal Father, we entrust into your loving arms our brothers and sisters whose lives have been shattered due to addiction of harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. They have become vulnerable, homeless and are rejected by their families.

Lord Jesus who loved and welcomed those excluded in society, help us to have a compassionate heart that will see beyond addiction.

In your great kindness Lord, bring people who can share your love to them, who will bring light in their darkness and will help them come out of the addiction.

Give courage and wisdom to all leaders who are fighting to eradicate these ills.

Our hope is in you Lord, Amen

Doreen Wong, Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Week 2, Day 5 
Thursday 21st January 2021
Prayers for our planet

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Bishop David Walker, Manchester, UK

Heavenly Father,
You have taught us, through your servant St Francis,
That all creation is your handiwork.
Grant us your grace that we may
Exercise wise stewardship of this Earth;
Tread lightly upon it;
And cherish its resources;
That our children may enjoy its riches, throughout all generations,
And your name be glorified through all that you have made.
Amen.

Bishop Shourabh Pholia, Barishal, Bangladesh

Our Creator God, we praise you for all the creation. Your entire creation is a blessing and a gift of your grace. We are grateful to you as you have given us this holy responsibility of taking care of your creation. We confess that we have not done our duty faithfully; we ask your forgiveness for this. Our negligence and abuse of the creation have impacted very dreadfully in our country and around the world. Many in Bangladesh have been homeless, due to climate induce disasters people have lost their land, livelihoods and loved one. We pray for the people who are not responsible for the climate change but the victims of it.
Lord in your mercy
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Week 2, Day 6 
Friday 22nd January 2021
Prayers for peace

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My prayer and hope for the world and the life of the Anglican Communion:

God Almighty and All-loving, we pray for justice and peace throughout the world. We ask you to use the peoples and the churches of the Anglican Communion as instruments of your justiWeek 2 - c10e which tears down the mighty from their seat and exalts the humble and meek and as agents of your peace which passes all earthly understanding. Give us faith in our hands, hope in our hearts and love in our decisions.

We pray for all in these times of crisis for wholeness and healing, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop Michael Jackson, Dublin and Glendalough, Ireland

Week 2, Day 7
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Prayers about poverty

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Laurance Agathe André, Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Eternal God Almighty,

Today we come to drop at your feet the disparity between rich and poor which has strained the economic fabric of our society leading gradually to the destruction of our world.

You, Christ, were never more angry than when You drove the money-changers out from the Temple in Jerusalem.

Let us, Dear God, before it is too late, find the ways, the means, and the will to reduce the scandalous inequality between rich and poor.

We pray that somehow the rich, the middle class, the poor and our leaders, lawmakers and politicians will all come to realise that the current situation is unfair, untenable and immoral, and that we must make the necessary sustainable economic changes before some enormous economic catastrophe or social upheaval befalls us.

Lord, Jesus, please make our world once more a "Land of Opportunity," and a land of equity in which all can find respectable employment with wages on which they can support themselves and their families in dignity.

Let not this world, once created with the purpose of hope for all people, become a vicious land of the misers and the miserable. All this we pray to You, God of Mercy, God of Justice, God of Love, God of All People.
Amen