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 responsibility, both physically and spiritually to those categorised in this area. This article seeks to outline the causes of homelessness and how we can support by offering a prayer for the homeless, poor and hungry.
Our Responsibility for the Homeless
We have a responsibility to provide both physical and spiritual support to those in need. Also we have a duty to feed the hungry and to bless the poor. We also have a responsibility to provide shelter for those who are homeless. We have a duty to clothe those in need and to 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 those who are 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 those who are homeless, poor and hungry we lend unto the Lord. When we demonstrate compassion and love through giving, it is seen as a deposit in the sight of God who grants our larger measures through His grace and divine blessings. 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 of all, we need to see the homeless as our sisters and brothers who are in a difficult situation. Yes, some of them have chosen this way of living consciously and shows 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. 2 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 in turn may help them in their emotional needs. Avoid giving a homeless person money, but personalise your giving by buying them something to eat and presenting it to them. Luke 3:11 is a good example about personalised 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 who are homeless by offering a smile and a kind word or thought. This will make a big difference in the life of someone who is 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 also that God will give them the strength and ‘will power’ to find the support mechanisms they need.
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, race, colour 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 who may be 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 as though they are 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!