These prayers are taken from our Lent resources.
Poverty of choice
you made each one of us and love your creation.
Give us the eyes of Jesus,
to see the potential in every human being;
give us courage to challenge the norms and taboos
that enslave the poor
and the strength to work for change
with commitment and conviction.
Through Jesus Christ,
who was the voice of the poor
and the defender of the weak.
Poverty of voice
Lord Jesus, man of Galilee,
who heard the cry of the hungry
and received the gift of a child,
open our eyes to the needs of your children
and our hearts to respond,
so that the abundant gifts of the earth
may be shared more fairly
and all may marvel at your wonderful deeds.
Poverty of time
Lord, consecrate our time.
May we acknowledge your gift,
and the opportunities you grant;
May we recognise the future that you want for us
and the way we should go.
Show us the work we need and the rest we need,
the time for activity and the time for waiting.
Awake or asleep, at rest or employed, Lord,
consecrate our time.
Poverty of hope
Lord of all hopefulness,
you heard the cry of your people
and led them to freedom,
melt our hearts,
that we may turn our attention
to the overlooked and despairing,
and seeing their need, bring them hope.
Poverty of relationship
your Son, Jesus, declared that
even the hairs of our head are all counted.
Draw us close to you
so that your generous love
may broaden our vision and
be the foundation of all that we do, think and say.
Poverty of resources
source of our life and giver of every good gift,
give us eyes to see you in the stranger,
ears to hear the cry of the poor and needy
and hearts filled with enough love to share
even with those we will never meet.
This we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who came to save the lost
and give them a place in the kingdom.