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Lord, today we pray for Colombia, which is #50 on the World Watch List for persecution. We grieve about the decades of conflict raging in Colombia, and about the criminal organizations, drug cartels, revolutionaries and paramilitary groups who control large portions of the nation. We pray for your peace to reign in Colombia. Please protect your followers, who are particularly vulnerable to these groups’ attacks. Heavenly Father, we also pray for the children of Colombia. Please protect them from recruitment as soldiers into rebel groups, such as Farc (Revolutionary Armed Focrces of Colombia). May they resist empty offers of money and shelter from these groups and choose to stay with their families. May the root issues of poverty that make these children vulnerable be effectively addressed. We pray for the Colombian government to seek you and walk with integrity. Give leaders divine wisdom in how to address the multiple, deep-seated issues plaguing this nation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.