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From the Heart of a Syrian Pastor

September 11, 2013 by Open Doors in General

Syria

Open Doors received a prayer from a pastor, one of our partners in the relief work in Syria. The prayer, which is both moving and heartbreaking, gives an insight into the suffering of those who have decided to stay in Syria.

I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless…

They advise me to leave my country… to emigrate. I respond saying:

  •  I’m staying… for the church of Jesus … that the message of Jesus may remain a light guiding those who are lost and afraid.
  •  I’m staying… because the harvest is plentiful… and the suffering is huge… a deep wound, a sense of despair …
  •  I’m staying … to follow in the footsteps of my Master who went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.
  • I’m staying… because I’m busy… in the ministry of saving souls (or can someone like me run… Lord give me strength).

“O Lord, hear and answer my prayers.”

Please join in praying through these prayer points provided by Syrian Christians.

  • That the cup of war be taken away from our country, Syria.
  • That the Lord may crush the conspiracy of the evil ones and their war plans… and consider their threats.
  • That He may send the power of His Holy Spirit on His church, that it may reach out to the suffering souls who – harassed and helpless – are like sheep without a shepherd.
  • That the Lord may help us to speak with great boldness and that many wonders and signs be performed … and souls return to Christ, and there be singing and praises.
  • That the Lord may send more help – that the house of the Lord may have food to satisfy the needs of the internally displaced, hundreds of whom are without any shelter.
  • That the Lord may send more support for the wounded and the sick who are in need of surgery, medication, and healing.
  • That the Lord may send those who can help us build a center for children affected by the war and send those who can help the children who are now disabled, and have special needs.
  • That the Lord will enable us to take care of those who have lost their supporters, and help them to get back on their feet.

Father, as we join the world in reflecting on the plight of the people of Syria, ravaged by unrelenting civil war, we look on not as those who are without hope, but as those whose anchor of hope is in You, the King of kings and Lord of lords. And so we come before You on behalf of the people of Syria, especially Your church there, imploring You to take away this cup of war from them. We call upon You to bring peace and justice in the midst of spiritual darkness, that all might know that You have done it. Protect Your church and grant them courage and opportunity to speak the truth with great boldness that a vast multitude might turn to Christ in worship and praise. We pray that You will provide Your people with food and shelter, with medical care and healing. And we grieve over the children, wounded and traumatized by the very powers that should be protecting them. Raise up resources to provide a place of refuge, comfort, hope and healing for these children that their bodies might be sustained and their hearts kept from becoming hardened. Cause Your Spirit to breathe life into their parched souls. In the name of Jesus, our refuge and sure defense in a world pillaged by the evil one. Amen.

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