12 Jan Syrian Men + Youth

PRAYER FOCUS

Syrian Men + Youth

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PERSPECTIVE

MEN

God has given men the responsibility to lead and protect their families, communities and nations.  Our enemy often goes after them first to take them out of that role, creating confusion that leaves others vulnerable.

This crisis has pressured many men to fight. As a result, they have been killed, maimed, taken prisoner, or radicalized and are now absent from their families.

The men who have decided not to join the conflict are questioning, depressed, and fighting for survival.

YOUTH

Syria’s youth today are Syria’s leaders in the future. Today these young people are experiencing trauma & a distorted view of life, leadership & worldview.

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PASSAGES

John 10.16

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Jonah 3.5-6

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes.

Luke 11.32

The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Isaiah 40.29-31

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

this week’s

PRAYER POINTS

PAST:

1. Pray that men and youth are able to release their past without bitterness in their hearts, lingering trauma or nightmares.

PRESENT:

1. Knowing that God’s desire is that all people might be saved, pray that the Father would make them hungry for Himself. That they would recognize His Spirit’s prompting and respond to the message of hope.

2. Like Jonah was sent to Nineveh, ask that God would send reluctant & disbelieving believers to Syria to share the message of peace & freedom.

3. Just like a violent Saul became a devoted Paul, let’s ask God to raise up Syrian youth with a desire to lead their generation to break with the past cultural cycles of violence and retribution. Pray that they would follow in the steps of their forefather Abraham. Ask that they call out to the God who is there – and press in with ‘destiny-shaping’ questions that will lead them into all truth.

FUTURE:

1. Ask for God to redeem their current situation & all its challenges as a building block to a peaceful future.

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