14 Apr BECAUSE…
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TODAY the atrocities are multiplying. The sheer numbers of people being subjected to horrific tortures and pain are magnifying daily. Children are being tortured and murdered, women are being subjected to the most grievously offensive acts and old men and women are being killed and discarded as if they were merely excrement or garbage. Terror and trauma are the daily experience. (See Important Links below)
We’re now into the 5th year of conflict with no end in sight where there are – Children without education, health care, nutrition that makes for strong bodies, or safety that helps when their view of life is being developed; Youth that now know their future is gone – their hopes for sustainable income, peace and education; Families, without country, often with only one parent and without their homes, incomes, identity and family inheritance.
Several leaders working among Syrians believe there is another year of openness. After that, these leaders fear many of the displaced and affected will fill their spiritual vacuum with other false world-views, as their “new- normal” lives solidify.
In David F. Well’s classic article, PRAYER: Rebelling Against the Status Quo, he states:
Unlike the widow in the parable, we find it is easy to come to terms with the unjust and fallen world around us—even when it intrudes into Christian institutions. It is not always that we are unaware of what is happening, but simply that we feel completely impotent to change anything. That impotence leads us, however unwillingly, to strike a truce with what is wrong.
No matter how inconvenient, we can’t put off until ‘tomorrow’. There must be hearts broken with the urgency of TODAY. We are not impotent! They need our prayer response, our heart response and a practical response from us. Ask God how he wants you to respond in prayer, in heart and in action.
So, we’ve got a year! Let’s go for it – to see a time of historical turning because you, I and many more pray!!
Luke 18: 1-8
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
• You have ALL power over ALL rulers, kings and authorities – even desperately deceived ones. We also know and worship you as our God of compassion and hope. Today we stand in the gap – broken hearted as you are – between vile rulers & their people, between heaven & earth pleading that the murderous terror stops. Show us how to pray.
• We ask that you use your people who are on the inside of this situation. May they hear your whispers as well as your shouts and know how you want them to respond. Make them deeply penetrating & exposing light everywhere they go – in their living and in their dying. Give them strength, courage and your strong presence for their journey. Show us how to help.
• Please Jesus, don’t allow us, your church to be numbed, or stay ignorant, silent, passive or impotent. You are raising your voice to us through this situation. Make us alive to you as the only voice that matters! Show us what to do.
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