If you’ve ever skipped a meal, you know what it’s like to be hungry. But what if you didn’t even get one meal a day? What if you faced chronic hunger—and even famine.
Hunger impacted between 691 and 783 million people in the world in 2022, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2023 report. That means nearly 10 percent of the world population faces chronic hunger and undernourishment.
The report reveals child-wasting—a life-threatening condition caused by insufficient nutrient intake, poor nutrition absorption and/or frequent or prolonged illness—is rising. Affected children are dangerously thin, with weakened immunity and higher risk of mortality. The estimated number of children with wasting was 45 million in 2022.
Jesus Is Concerned About Hunger
How this must grieve the Lord! James 2:15-17 tells us, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Jesus was concerned about the multitudes who came to hear the Word and insisted they should be fed before the went on their long journey home. Jesus offers these chilling words in Matthew 25:37-40:
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
9 Prayer Points Against Hunger & Famine
Although we can’t personally feed everyone, we can do our part by donating to organizations that feed the poor—and by praying. This month the Awakening Prayer Hubs theme is the fight against hunger and famine.
Pray for Supernatural Provision: Ask God to provide for those who suffer from hunger and famine—and to make miraculous provision just as Jesus fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish (see Matthew 14:13-21).
Pray for Compassionate Hearts: Ask God to soften your heart and the hearts of leaders and nations to respond with compassion and generosity (see Matthew 25:35-36).
Pray for Agricultural Blessings: Ask God to bless the land with fertile soil and abundant rainfall, that it may yield bountiful harvests (see Psalm 65:9-10).
Pray for Effective Distribution: Ask God to guide organizations and governments in distributing food and resources effectively to reach those in dire need (see Acts 6:1-7).
Pray for Sustainable Solutions: Ask God to reveal sustainable solutions that empower communities to overcome hunger and poverty (see Proverbs 13:23).
Pray for Peaceful Resolutions: Ask God to put an end to conflicts and wars that contribute to food crises, and for the establishment of lasting peace (see Psalm 46:9).
Pray for Health and Healing: Ask God to grant supernatural healing to those suffering from malnutrition and diseases related to hunger (see Jeremiah 30:17).
Pray for Comfort and Encouragement: Ask God to comfort those who mourn and encourage those who feel defeated by hunger’s grip (see Matthew 5:4).
Pray for Spiritual Nourishment: Ask God to encounter those facing hunger and help them find sustenance in Your Word and experience the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ (see John 6:35).
Awakening Prayer Hubs is looking for 1,000 prayer warriors to raise up and stand for cities and nations around the world. Join the movement at www.awakeningprayerhubs.com.