Lord, today our hearts and prayers go out to the citizens of Mosul, stuck in the midst of the Iraqi security forces' attempts to retake their city, which has been controlled by ISIS for over two years. Lord, gird their hearts and minds. Give them courage. Lord, we are devastated to hear about the 40 citizens who were shot for "treason" and whose bodies were hung from electrical poles around the city today. We are mortified to hear of people being shot on sight for using cell phones in public. Lord, we know the people of Mosul are living in fear and disgust. Please give them hope in the midst of all of this. Protect them. Give them great wisdom and cunning, so they are not trapped or executed by ISIS operatives. Bind families together; may neighbor help neighbor and friend help friend. Even compel stranger to help stranger as they seek to survive this siege. And may your people spread hope day by day as they represent you in this war-torn place. In Jesus' powerful name we pray, amen.