Heavenly Father, we pray for the Somali town of Muqokori, which was taken over by the militant Islamist group al Shabaab this weekend. We pray for the town’s residents as they deal with the violence their community has faced in recent months, being controlled alternately between the government and this terrorist group. Give the residents courage, hope, resourcefulness and wisdom. Protect them from further violence. We pray for the government to recoup and to push al Shabaab out of power once again. Numbers are unclear about how many soldiers and civilians have been harmed, but we pray for those who grieve, that they may be deeply comforted, as well as supported in practical ways. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.