Why I Am Joining With Christians Around The World To Pray For Syria Tomorrow
As I walk down the street by my house, I see cars drive by, mothers walking their children to the nearby park and different shops and restaurants open for business. The palm trees are plentiful, shading my little neighborhood from the warm sun that is almost always shinning.
There is a Syrian bakery in my neighborhood that I frequent (probably more than I should). The owner has placed a tin can on his counter, with a piece of paper loosely taped to it which reads “Save Syria.” I drop my spare change in the tin can and offer a friendly smile to the owner as he serves me my food and coffee. Behind his piercing blue eyes, which accent his olive skin, there is a deep sense of despair, as I know he has many loved ones who remain in war-torn Syria.
In juxtaposition to my own neighborhood, Syria has seen more violence and bloodshed than many of us could ever imagine. The U.N. estimates that more than 70,000 people have died in the past two years of unrest. Buildings have collapsed after being bombed, it is unsafe for mothers to take their children outside in many areas and many families have been torn apart in this brutal war.
And yet the church remains in this place, which seemingly has no hope. A church that has united together, to be the shining light of Christ, in an area darkened with despair. Different churches with different denominational backgrounds have come together to reach out to those in their neighborhoods who need clothes, food, water and most importantly the Word of God.
Syrian Christians know that the only hope that they have for things to change in their country, is in Christ alone. So they have asked Christians from around the world to join with them in prayer tomorrow, May 11th.
“This is a huge deal,” one local pastor shared. “It has never happened in Syria before. In Aleppo we will have two prayer meetings back to back, one hosted by the Catholic Church and the other at an Orthodox church. We thank God because the Church is united across the country in prayer � praying for the glory of God to dwell in the Church, praying for an end to the bloodshed, praying for peace in the country, praying for keeping the church’s faithful witness, to reach out to the suffering, to share the divine cure of the gospel, to speak the word of the Lord in all boldness. We deeply appreciate the prayers of God’s people everywhere; it is a rare time where the Church in Syria is feeling the true oneness of the body of Christ all over the globe. For this, we thank the Lord, for it is a great encouragement to us.”
Prayer can move mountains. Prayer can change the hearts of leaders. Prayer has and can change the course of history.
Romans 15:30 says “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Let us unite the body of Christ, by joining with them in their struggle and praying for the country of Syria.
God has done great things in this country and we know that he will do great things again. It was on the road to Damascus that Paul encountered Christ! We know He can do a great work in this country and that is why it is so vital to pray!
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Thank you for setting aside this day to pray for Syria- we serve a God who is faithful to hear the prayers of His people!