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“Only Prayer Protects Us”

August 29, 2013 by Open Doors in General

Only Prayer Protects Us

*Representative photo used to protect identity

“Let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty water will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:6-7

As the UN puts pressure on Syria to allow weapons inspectors to investigate an alleged chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus last week, Christians in the city are crying out to God for protection.

Hanna is a Christian living in Damascus with her husband and two young daughters. “The conflict is coming closer,” she says. “Bombs are falling in our streets now; the sound of shooting becomes louder. Last week, we had three days of intense attacks in our neighborhood; it was awful. When I go out on the streets, I see images I would never imagine to see for myself. Pictures you might only see in war movies.”

“We are staying at my mother’s house now in a different area of Damascus, because it’s a bit safer than our own house. Our daughters stay inside all day watching movies, and reading a bit. When we go out, they pray for us to return safely. Praise God we weren’t in our neighborhood when the worst attacks were happening.”

“But not everyone survived. One woman from our church was killed. She was still so young! Her body was totally destroyed; her family could only recognize her by her hand. She became a believer two years ago, so she is with God now, but she leaves behind two little girls and a husband. Of course, we try to take care of the family all together in our church, but it’s hard.”

“The pressure of the Islamic extremists is also increasing. They want the Christians out. They say that Christians are evil, so they want to kill us. I have to be honest; I’m afraid of them. I know that only prayer protects us.”

“Praying. Only praying. Praying and fasting and encouraging other people to pray; it’s the only thing we can do.”

Please join in prayer with our brothers and sisters in Syria.

Father, we hear about Your people in Syria, our brothers and sisters, and we grieve over their plight. Truly they are suffering daily. We stand beside them as they pray from Psalm 143, “I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Thank You for the testimony of their unwavering faith, of the ways they continue in the midst of their own suffering to reach out to their neighbors, both Christian and Muslim. Refresh them with courage and strength and wisdom to meet the trials of each day. Show them Your presence, in small ways and large, and quickly bring peace to this war-torn land. Whether in war or in peace, may the saving grace of Your gospel go out in power that Your name might be lifted high. In the name of Jesus who suffered for His church even while we were yet enemies. Amen.

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