|This opinion piece inspired the prayer for today, but does not necessarily reflect my opinion:|
Lord, today we pray for the Rohingya. You see this mainly Muslim ethnic minority group fleeing Myanmar by the hundreds of thousands. It’s mind-boggling for us to consider 400,000 people fleeing their country within the past month, though this is becoming a more common theme in our world today. Lord, we are always dismayed when a government attacks its own people. To hear of the Myanmar army killing women and children, burning villages, and possibly planting mines along the border to prevent the Rohingya from returning is absolutely alarming. Lord, it’s hard to imagine what it would take to stop these atrocities. We would like to see it end! Please intervene in whatever way is best. And, Lord, we pray for these refugees as they scatter across Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia and mostly Bangladesh. May they find places to call home. May their basic needs for food, water, clothing and shelter be met. We particularly pray for the overextended refugee camps in Bangladesh. Lord, please send well-equipped humanitarian groups and churches to help. Bless the Rohingya with your grace, hope and truth as they seek answers to the problems of pain and loss in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.