Prayer for refugees

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Lord, please bless those, who are displaced from their homes, due to violence and natural disaster.

Place your protection around all refugees and their loved ones, like an impenetrable shield of love.

Guide them to the food, clothing, safety and shelter that they need to survive in the short run, and create a safe haven for them to thrive in the long run.

When fear of the future threatens to overcome them, fill them with a supernatural sense of Your peace that surpasses all understanding.

Be with them as they walk this dangerous road, Lord. Fill their hearts with hope and a certainty of the amazing future You have planned for them, in spite of their current hardships.   

As they grieve the loss of their home and way of life, help them to realize they always have a sanctuary in Your heart. Help them experience your sanctuary as a living, breathing reality all around them. 

Even while they’re suffering physically from deprivation, help them grow spiritually. Fill them with supernatural graces of patience, strength, persistence, wisdom, that they may be richly blessed with the gifts of Your Spirit during this time.   

Heal them from all the suffering they’ve been through, and guard their hearts from the temptation to give up.

Give them an unshakable faith in You, Lord and a realization that You are the rock of security they need to stand strong through this hard time. 

Fill their hearts with joy and a sense of having You with them through this.

Bless them with miraculous reminders of Your presence all around them on their journey, Lord. 

Work behind the scenes on their behalf. Soften the hearts of leaders to create policies that accommodate these innocent people, who are fleeing from terror.  Inspire more communities to see refugees as the gifts they are, and motivate them to welcome displaced people with unprecedented generosity. 

In Jesus name, we pray.


Do you have personal experience as a refugee? Or do you have a particular family of refugees that you are praying for? Please share your request  below, and we’ll lift them in prayer as well. 

Related scripture
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

Deeper life reflection
Can you empathize with the plight of refugees in our world today? Even if you’ve never had to flee your home, have you ever felt like an outsider, who longed to be welcomed with love into other people’s hearts?

Opportunity to learn more
Ever wonder what the Bible says about how to treat refugees? Check out this Fr. James Martin video or Relevant Magazine article

Faith in action
Would you like to help refugees adjust to life in your community? There are many opportunities to volunteer through World Relief. You can also help refugees through the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

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