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Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17

As women of faith, we rely on prayer as one of our most important spiritual practices. Pray for our efforts, the people of Sudan, and all the work underway around the world to bring peace and renewed viability to that part of the world.

A Prayer for Darfur

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu


We pray for the people of Darfur who have been terrorized and forced from their homes — for those who have fled to refugee camps, and who still live in fear;

We pray for those who have died, and for their families;

We pray for the women in Darfur who face danger every day as they leave their camps for firewood — may You watch over Your daughters;

We pray for the children of Darfur, especially those who face a frightening world without one or both of their parents — may they be protected and comforted;

We pray for the safety of the humanitarian aid workers as they feed and care for the people of Darfur;

We pray for the safety of the African Union's Mission in Darfur as they work in difficult circumstances;

We pray for the safety of the United Nations' Peacekeepers when they begin their duties in Darfur;

We pray that the world's leaders will be guided by You in their quest for justice and safety for Darfur's people — may they be inspired by Your humanity;

Remind us that we are all your children, and teach us to listen;

We pray that those who are causing death and misery in Darfur will turn away from racism and violence — may they be forgiven when they turn to You for guidance instead;

Teach us to rejoice in all the things we have in common and respect each others' differences;

We pray that people everywhere will strive to live in peace, tolerance, and respect, no matter what their faith or race — may we gain the wisdom, grace, and generosity of spirit to overcome our differences and live as one.

This is one of the prayers written for the September 17, 2006 Global Day for Darfur. The date was set aside as a day to pray for the Darfuri people and to advocate for the protection of civilians.