Lord, today we pray for Sri Lanka, which is #45 on the World Watch List for persecution. First, we give thanks that radical Buddhist groups have currently stopped their actions against religious minorities. Despite this, we know mobs persist in stopping church services. We pray against this activity and ask that a spirit of peace and cooperation would reign in Sri Lanka, so that people may worship you freely. Lord, we also pray about the de-militarization of the country. We know this is complicated, and that military officials want to continue their lifestyles and avoid investigation into war crimes. We pray the government would handle this with integrity and efficiency. We pray for the truth to come out about war crimes and for people to receive justice in regard to that sad chapter of Sri Lanka’s recent history. However, we pray for Sri Lankans to receive your generous mercy in terms of their spiritual well-being, and that people would come to know you and experience the abundant life you offer. Particularly during this Christmas season, may Sri Lankans be curious about Jesus and unafraid to ask Christian acquaintances to share the reason for the hope that they have. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.