Lord, today our thoughts and prayers turn toward our brothers
and sisters in Syria. Almost the whole world is well aware of the civil war in
Syria. We are grieved over the death and destruction that have plagued this
land for years. Today we pray specifically for believers in Syria. So many have
already been killed. So many have been chased from their homes or felt the need
to flee. Lord, be with those who are scattered abroad now, many still seeking
places to settle. Meet their needs, give them peace, help them feel hope each
day. Now, Lord, we pray for those Christ-followers who remain in Syria.
Heavenly Father, we know their concentration in strategic areas makes them
vulnerable to attack. Please protect them. Lord, give them courage as they live
in a war-torn country. May they band together to support, encourage, and
provide for each other. And, Lord, in the midst of the constant trials of
current life in Syria, may they shine brightly for you, bringing peace in the
midst of war, hope in the midst of destruction, Christlikeness toward neighbors
while others seek only self-preservation. Please make your work and character evident
in this shattered land. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.