“ Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[a] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.“
~I Corinthians 1:27-28
The Israelite’s, the Gentiles, the widow, the orphan, the refugee; the Bible is full of examples of those who are experiencing hard things. Maybe you yourself can relate to this. In your own experience you’ve known what it’s like to be a refugee, being marginalized, or the pain of a really hard event. In our world we don’t have to go far to experience or befriend someone who has experienced marginalization or hard situations.
Not all people experience these things the same way. Everyone’s story is unique. But the Bible does tell us to care for, pray, and love these people. Why? Well, among other reasons, the Gospel offers hope to those faced with pain and to what look like hopeless situations. The bible also models for us lament to the God who sees. Often times it is through that lament that we come to experience his hope.
Below are a number of examples of people marginalized, oppressed, and/or hurting today. Choose one of the links below to learn and pray about – or choose a situation that comes to your mind that you feel led to pray for. Spend some time lamenting, praying, and interceding for the various people involved in these different topics.
Choose a topic: