The Crisis in Syria Began With Hope…
Hope that the aspirations of the Arab Spring would impact Syria and produce peaceful protest yield positive results. Hope that the president would respond constructively. Hope that there would be greater freedom and dignity for Syrians.
Going into its fifth year of war, much of Syria lies in ruins and the fighting rages on with no end in sight. For four years, news of kidnappings, death, and destruction has gripped our hearts. Most recently, we learned that 200 Christians were kidnapped; their fate is still unknown. Although there is international support for peace, there is little willingness for decisive intervention. What should be our response to this upsetting news? Prayer.
Please join today in praying through God’s Word for Syria.
Father God, may Your Spirit of hope fill our brothers and sisters in Syria; that in the midst of their suffering, they will have hope in Christ Jesus alone. Father, Your Word in Romans 5:1-3 brings great comfort, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wealso glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.” Father, and through this hope, we continue to pray Philippians 4:7 for our brothers and sisters in Syria: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Amen.
Praying for Gods’ People in Syria
Father God, for those who grieve, we ask today that You bring comfort as we pray from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Father, cover Your people with divine protection as we pray, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2).
Father God, for those who are displaced and have become refugees, we pray from Psalm 107:4-9, “Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Father God, our hearts break as we consider the anguish suffered by families; especially the children. We ask You to comfort and sustain them, praying Psalm 72:4: “May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy.” And, Father, we pray for those who live daily in fear; Psalm 138:7 says: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” Amen.
Praying for Gods’ Church in Syria
Father God, the church leaders have stood strong, fighting the good fight, shepherding Your flock in the midst of hardships. We pray from 1 Peter 5:1-2 for Your strength and protection: “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be, not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
Father God, in the past, churches in Syria have been divided, but today we give thanks for the unity that has risen from the ashes of destruction; praying Psalm 133: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
Father God, You are building Your global church. Although through our human eyes we cannot see it, Your Word in Matthew 16:18 tells us so: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” We today also pray for those who do not yet know you; praying Matthew 28:18-20: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Amen.
Praying for Gods’ Presence in Syria
Father God, You are the Alpha and the Omega! We pray for the Syrian government and for rebel leaders; praying from Psalm 2:10-11: “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” We humbly ask that You restore order to chaos; praying Proverbs 28:2: “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.”
Father God we ask that you place Godly rulers in places of authority in Syria praying 2 Samuel 23:3-4, “The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”
Father God, we ask for Your godly justice to rule in Syria .Father, Your Word brings so much comfort; may the nation of Syria be filled with Your truth as we pray Proverbs 21:15: “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” As we consider Micah 6:8; “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”, Father, may Your truth and justice prevail in Syria!
Father God, You are so faithful; help us all to trust in You for all things as we pray Romans 8:35-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen.