prayers for Syria

Monday, September 2, 2013

https://storageuk21.transferbigfiles.com/files/preview/6cb8af11-d02c-4c43-99c2-a4e4250bbc54?ft=imageIf your heart is also broken for the people of Syria, then you are also likely to be confused as to what the best response is. I’m not naïve to the needs of governments to use force when necessary, and as a human, I want someone to be held accountable for the destruction of innocent life. I cannot bear to look at those pictures and think that nothing will be done. I also understand why not intervening causes a world-wide political issue. All of that. BUT as a Christ-follower, I am committed to Jesus’ way of non-violence as a primary response, at least for myself. I can’t speak for governments, but I definitely can speak to government and ask that we explore every non-violent, humanitarian course of action possible.

Here’s some aggregated resources in case you’re interested in joining me in the best response we, as believers, currently have – concerted prayer for the country and people of Syria, for our country and her leaders as they decide whether to intervene, and for the body of Christ as we seek to respond with the love of Jesus.

My own denomination’s response for the Middle East Crisis: this accumulation of resources is first-rate. I am immensely proud and grateful to see Mennonite Central Committee taking an important role in the Church’s response to this crisis. I have seen their resources cited on a number of different sites and in various articles throughout the online Christian world.

…We ask that people who have been driven apart by violence may come back to each other in love, tolerance, cooperation, and wisdom. We pray that changes in the region respect principles of justice, freedom, and human dignity…

Prayers for Peace and Justice from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

For Peace Among the Nations
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sign up here for SheLoves 25 Days of Prayer for Syria. Daily prayer emails will be sent to your inbox, and you can join with others in united prayer for this nation and region.

Transformer Jesus, make my heart break to be more like you,
make my eyes see others as you would,
make my feet walk softly on the earth,
make me a wind of change in my lifetime.
Make me a channel of your peace.

Join with the body of Christ worldwide on September 7th for a day of fasting and prayer as called for by Pope Francis.

"The world needs to see gestures of peace and hear words of hope and of peace.”

 

Lord, have mercy.

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