Sunday, August 31, 2014

Praying for Iraq and How we can Reach Out

When asked about prayer, Canon Andrew White (Vicar of Baghdad) said, “I have three ‘P’s that I always mention which is for Protection, Provision and Perseverance. We need protection, we need to provide for those people [who are being persecuted] and we need to keep going.”

Prayer for Iraq

Gracious and loving God, we pray for the people of Iraq who live daily with terror and war.  Protect all those in harm way and help the refugees fine the places of safety.  Guide those who provide aid to the persecuted and give your strength to help all the people persevere until that day they can leave in peace. Amen.

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

To help go to:

FRRME (Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East) supports the work of Canon Andrew White and St George's Church in Baghdad - promoting peace, striving for reconciliation and providing relief to those in need - of all religions and sects, both Christian and Muslim.

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