Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Prayer for Kabul after explosion     Photo credit: Omar Sobhani/Reuters
Lord, today we are devastated by the atrocious terrorist attack that took place this morning in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 90 people dead and hundreds more injured… Lord, please bring deep consolation and peace into this reeling city. Send your Holy Spirit to bring comfort into hearts overwhelmed by grief and minds paralyzed by shock and fear. Lord, be with the volunteers and emergency responders who are still removing and identifying bodies. Give them strength, courage, resolve, and efficiency. Protect their minds and hearts from trauma and their bodies from injury. We pray for hospital workers of all kinds as they attempt to do as much good as possible in the midst of absolutely overwhelmed facilities. Send qualified volunteers and blood donors to help. We pray for government and law enforcement officials to quickly ascertain how this large of an explosive device could have made it into what is supposedly the safest part of the city. May they uncover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice. Finally, we pray for the wounded—those directly impacted physically, mentally and emotionally. Guide them to the assistance they need. Motivate special care, generosity and compassion as people serve and reach out to these hurting hundreds. May your light shine in this dark place, bringing hope despite the pain. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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