Sowing peace in Syria

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We’re praying for a solution

Much is riding on the outcome of the ongoing Syrian peace talks. Heated political issues, such as the transfer of power, slowed down progress at the start of the UN-mediated Geneva II conference. Many hope this next round of talks, which began on 10 February, will prove more productive.

Nine million reasons for peace

According to news sources, more than nine million people have been displaced by the Syria conflict since March 2011. The World Food Programme believes that millions are in urgent need of food in and around the nation (See full report). Shockingly, some people in the besieged Syrian city of Homs are even eating grass in order to stay alive (BBC News).

Our hearts are stirred to intercede for the plight of the Syrian people. We dare not forget their suffering.

Blessed are the peacemakersJames 3v17-18

We also pray for peacemakers. These include Christians who are choosing to live and minister in the region and bring the message of God’s peace through word and deed. Some of our teams in surrounding nations are partnering with local Arab believers to make an eternal difference to Syrian families.

“At least 30,000 Syrians dwell in an area near us, many live in terrible living conditions. We bring much-needed supplies of blankets, mattresses, small cooking stoves and gas bottles. The love shown by the servants in the church has opened many doors to share the hope that God gives us. More than twenty Bible studies have started in recent months. Through a gradual process, seekers will discover God’s plan to save and give us a hope and a future through Jesus.” ~ Christian worker in the Middle East

Three pointers for prayer

The Bible says:

…the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

1)    Heaven-sent wisdom for all those in positions of influence. May key leaders in Syria, the region and the international community make decisions that are impartial, merciful and sincere. We continue to ask the Lord of the nations to bring a resolution to the thirty-four month conflict between the opposition and Syrian government.

2)    Protection for peacemakers serving in difficult situations. May God’s Spirit equip all those seeking to bring healing and hope to the displaced and traumatised.

3)    Everlasting peace to those who don’t yet know God. We pray for the Prince of Peace to bring true and everlasting peace into the hearts of Syrians through His gospel.

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