Praying for Iraq and Syria

Our Praying around the World feature is on holiday along with the rest of us (!) but the praying doesn’t have to stop for the summer.

The news coming out of Iraq is tragic and overwhelming … how can we best pray for the situation, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are going through such suffering and persecution at this time?

Here are a few suggestions from different organisations:

Three simple prayer points from Open Doors

  • For God’s protection and provision for all who have been forced to flee, especially the children
  • For those who remain stranded in the Sinjar mountains to be rescued
  • For wisdom for international leaders as they consider how to respond to the crisis.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has written prayers for the people of Mosul

Lord, in this city where Christians and Muslims have lived together for over 1400 years, we pray for healing, peace and restoration. Bring light out of this present darkness and hope from despair that guided by your Holy Spirit, all your children may find a new way forward together based on your love for us all. Amen

Holy God, your Holy family was driven into exile and many holy innocent boys were massacred, we hold before you today the suffering people of Mosul. Amen

Hold in your loving arms, all those who have been caught up in this conflict. We pray for those forced to flee their homes, all who have lost friends, family and possessions and who now face an uncertain future. Bless our Christian brothers and sisters who have seen the destruction of their churches and communities and for our Muslim neighbours who have also experienced destruction and suffering. Amen

Tearfund have a number of resources available, and a news service for the latest information coming out of Iraq.

And please continue to pray for the situation in Syria … the Church of England has issued some suggested prayers for Syria … click on link for more …

A Prayer for Reconciliation in Syria

God of history,
Witness of the struggles within families;
we pray for the divided family of Syria
as brother fights against brother,
and sister rejects sister.
We pray for those whose love of neighbour
has been destroyed in the bitterness of enmity.
May fear be submerged in compassion.
May distrust be diluted by hope,
as a vision of peace illuminates
darkened minds and hate-filled hearts.
We pray in the name of Christ,
our source of light and love. Amen

Please take a moment to pray for these situations, and don’t forget the many areas of conflict that aren’t currently in the news headlines. Pray too for persecuted Christians around the worldBarnabas Fund issue a weekly prayer bulletin with the latest news and prayer resources, and has various suggestions for practical ways to take a stand and make a difference. Click on the image below for more.


For more suggestions see Christianity Today


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