In God's Hands - praying in partnership with churches around the world.
This week we pray for Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Peace in the region, especially in Syria and between Palestinians and Israelis.
Respect for human rights and an end to unjust imprisonment and extra-judicial killing.
Solutions for refugees, who still yearn to return home.
Efforts to confront corruption.
The hungry and homeless.
Those whose homes are in the slums, the cemeteries, the garbage dumps, the refugee camps.
Those who insist on violent solutions and who see force as the primary means of solving conflicts, that they might find more humanitarian methods.
The democratically elected officials of each state.
Merciful Lord God,
you are peace, concord, purity and goodness.
You are the Father and Lord of all who cherish thoughts of peace.
Grant us humility, hope and a steadfast faith.
Enable us to vie with one another in love,
since love is the fulfilment of the law;
and, as we become sons and daughters of peace and concord,
worthy to be called blessed by your Son,
may we be salt of the earth and light to the world.
(Cyril of Jerusalem, 315-386)
Spirit of the Living God, come afresh on your Holy Land.
Help your people to restore broken relationships.
Give them patience to break down barriers of suspicion and mistrust;
ability to discern personal prejudice and the courage to overcome fear.
Teach them to respect each other’s integrity and rights
so that your kingdom may be established on earth.
For Jesus’ sake.
(The Rt Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Timeless Prayers for Peace: Voices together from around the World, comp. Geoffrey Duncan, Canterbury Press, UK, 2002, p.130.)