Prayer for the Homeless. A homeless person can be described as someone who does not have a permanent residence. It is where an individual may live on the streets, sleep in a car, stay in a shelter, or anywhere that is classed as a non-permanent address.
But first of all, we need to see the homeless as our sisters and brothers who are in a difficult situation and need our attention, time, and help. Globally, homelessness is growing, and therefore we have a physical and spiritual responsibility to those categorized in this area. This article outlines the causes of homelessness and how we can support them by offering a prayer for the homeless, poor and hungry.
Our Responsibility for the Homeless
We are responsible for providing physical and spiritual support to those in need. Also, we must feed the hungry and bless the poor. We also have a responsibility to provide shelter for those who are homeless.
We have to clothe those in need and visit the sick. “For I was hungry, and you gave Me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in. I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35-36).
When we show mercy to the homeless, poor, and hungry, we lend unto the Lord
Also, we must offer a prayer for the homeless, poor and hungry—a prayer of hope and compassion for those in need. When we show mercy to the homeless, poor, and hungry, we lend unto the Lord.
When we demonstrate understanding and love through giving, it is seen as a deposit in the sight of God, who grants us more extensive measures through His grace and divine blessings. So proverbs 19:17 states, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.”
Practical Support for Homeless
There are many low-cost ways that we can reach out to the homeless:
- Avoid negative stereotypes about the homeless. First, we must see the homeless as our sisters and brothers in a difficult situation. Yes, some have consciously chosen this way of living and show anti-social behavior. But some people became homeless after losing their job, home, and support from their family members. As Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
- Buy food and water. By doing this, you are providing for their physical needs, which may help them with their emotional needs. Avoid giving homeless people money, but personalize your giving by buying them something to eat and presenting it to them. Luke 3:11 is an excellent example of personalized giving: “He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
- Acknowledge those homeless by offering a smile and a kind word or thought. This will make a big difference in the life of someone homeless. Engage in a simple conversation to demonstrate your love and care for them (John 13:34-35, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
- Pray for the homeless, poor, and hungry, asking God to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Pray that God will give them the strength and ‘willpower’ to find the necessary support mechanisms.
Prayer for the Homeless, Poor, and Hungry
Heavenly Father, we thank you because Your Word says that because You love us, You gave your only begotten Son to die for us. So, we thank you that Your love extends to every ethnic group, all genders, races, colors, and socio-economic classifications. Right now, we offer this prayer for the homeless, poor and hungry. We pray that you will bless all men, women, and children without shelter across the globe. Also, we pray for divine covering and blessing upon the homeless, poor, and hungry who have no one to take them in.
We pray that Your Holy Spirit will flood them with warmth, security, protection, and strength in Jesus’ Name. And we declare Psalm 46 that you shall be their “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” We pray that they shall not fear even though the mountains may feel like shaking; the Lord of Hosts shall be with them because the God of Jacob is their refuge. We commit this prayer to You, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Also read: Prayer for Forgiving Yourself