Day 5

Bishop Richard Condie invites us to be people of hope and prayer in the midst of distress.

...hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:5

When facing execution in 1850, Adonirum Judson, missionary to Burma (Myanmar), said: “The future is as bright as the promises of God”. 

Our world is filled with so much hopelessness, distressingly seen in the day to day lives of the world’s 70 million refugees. Where do they go for help? Where is their hope when all avenues seem closed? 

But as believers in Jesus, we are purveyors of hope. We are one’s whose lives have been transformed by God’s Spirit empowered love, and as such find our lives pointing beyond our current experience. We look in hope for God’s bright renewal of the world through his promises.


Take Action

Take action by praying for refugees and asylum seekers located all around the world. Pray in hope for a world where all people are welcomed. 

God of hope, 

Continue to reframe our world through your boundless love. 

Continue to point us beyond our current experience to your glorious promises.

Continue to inspire us to be pointers to hope. 

Make the hallmarks of our lives, hope-filled prayers, hope-filled actions, and hope-filled love. 

Continue your work of transformation in us, for the hope of the world, and for your Glory. 


You can find other prayer resources here. Could you organise to pray some of these prayers in your church service this weekend? 

Share your hope for a welcoming world in a comment on today’s Common Grace Facebook post or write your own post using the hashtag #dailydisruptions.



The Right Revd Dr Richard Condie is the 12th Anglican Bishop of Tasmania. Prior to coming to Tasmania he was the Vicar of St Jude’s Church, Carlton for 14 years, and was Archdeacon of Melbourne. He was a Lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne from 1995-2002. His formal educational qualifications are in Social Science, Theology, and Ministry.



Refugee Week 2020