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God Bless Syria!

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20

Lord Jesus, we stand before Your throne of grace on behalf of Syria. Syrian refugeesThe magnitude of violence and suffering is beyond our comprehension. It is beyond our ability to repair, so, we ask You to do for us what we cannot do ourselves. We join YOU in intercession for the Syrian people, whom You love. We thank You that the Holy Spirit is able to express to You what we cannot.

A family sits outside their tent at the refugee camp in Atmeh (Qatma), Syria. They fled violence in their home town in Idlib province and are part of the mammoth humanitarian disaster facing Syria and surrounding countries today.

Righteous Judge, at Your Word, we say to the mountain of violence and deception, “Be removed in Jesus’ name! Let every obstacle to peace be taken out of the way, and send forth Your word to heal the nation of Syria.”

We pray for all those in governmental authority who ponder what is to be done. We ask that You would release a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they will not react in haste by what they see, but respond in Your righteousness. May everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that You desire (James 1:19-20). Let every type of deception cease, and may YOUR counsel be received with honor. Help them to come up with creative and life-giving solutions to help Syria.

Holy Spirit, bring comfort to all those who are suffering and grieving the loss of loved ones: surround them as a mother would hold her child, wiping away the tears. May they realize that Jesus is with them, in the midst of grief, and that His love runs deeper than despair. As you give them peace that passes understanding, we ask that a revelation of salvation would be given to them, and that they will put their trust in the One who laid down His life for their freedom.

Jesus, we place our confidence not in human wisdom and methods. We know that You have the answer. You ARE the answer.

“I will put my Spirit on him,
He will not shout or cry out,
And he will bring justice to the nations.
Or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
And a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.”
–Isaiah 42:2-4

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A Brief History for YOU

by David Brown

The History

The ancient, biblical land of Syria is rich in history. Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and New Testament believers were first called Christians in Antioch. There has been a presence in one form or another of the church in that land ever since. Like the region itself, the country has experienced numerous invasions down through history from Babylonians, Greeks and Romans, to Crusaders and Ottomans, each leaving their mark. Today, diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Arab Sunnis, Alawite Shias, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Turks, Christians and Druze call Syria their home.

The People

Islam remains the dominant religion with the majority Sunnis being governed for the last 40 years by the secular, authoritarian, government led by the Assad family who are Alawites – a sect within the Shia branch of Islam who make up about 10% of the population. The minority Christians have enjoyed relative freedom of worship, and the importance of a secular education and the role of women also help differentiate Syria from many other Arab lands.

The Civil War

The religious differences within Islam is a key component in the conflict here and in the wider Middle East. The government, for a generation, is seen as the protector of the Alawite community in both Syria and Lebanon. Providing manpower and firepower on the ground are thousands of Shia Hezbollah militants from Lebanon with the backing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Russia has provided military equipment and diplomatic cover for its longtime ally.

The opposition is a diverse collection of anti-government fighting groups. At the start of the conflict, many were secular in nature but increasingly the majority are Islamic radicals, many from Libya, Egypt and further afield. They are backed financially from Gulf States such as Qatar, trained in Turkey with the knowledge and backing of the West. Ironically, more than a few are linked and allied to Al Qaeda.

Understandably, many viewers from the rest of the world see only an assorted collection of bad guys fighting other bad guys, looking past the immense suffering of ordinary people caught up as the conflict invades their communities and forces hundreds of thousands to flee the country. In the increasingly embattled middle ground are many Kurds, Druze, and Christians – all of them who know only too well from history that they have few friends and many potential enemies. While some have joined the government forces defending their neighborhoods from Islamists, many have been forced to leave the country as refugees.

Pray Without Ceasing For:

  1. The innocent families and especially the children who are suffering. Some are grieving the loss of loved ones or are physically wounded while others enduring nightmares from trauma.
  2. Our family in Christ – brothers and sisters who are suffering for the sake of Christ. Al Qaeda linked rebel groups have attacked churches to cleanse the region of believers.
  3. Refugees existing in camps in Turkey, Kurdistan and Jordan. (Research online for practical ways to back up our prayers with giving.)
  4. The Men of War – groups and individuals who see their enemies’ existence as an affront which must be dealt with. They are united by their hatred for the cross but have yet to meet the risen Christ. Pray for supernatural dreams and visions for the Muslims of Syria.
  5. Lebanon – their neighbor to the west who has long been dominated by events in Syria. Their population has similar differences but the central government is weak and ineffective. It remains a powder keg.
  6. The Peace of Jerusalem: Many in the region are only too ready to blame Israel for their present woes and only too eager to launch attacks against the Jewish people.

Be Blessed!

The Prayercentral Team

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