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18th December: Pray with Syria!

By Dan Etheridge

On 18 December, Syrian Christians from across different denominations and towns will be gathering together to pray for their war-torn nation. And they are inviting you to join them…

When church leader Betros Kassis from Aleppo heard that people around the world had been invited to pray for Syria, he felt encouraged: “It gives me the spiritual strength to go on. I glorify the great name God, that he makes the broken-hearted happy and blesses the needy. Prayer teaches us forgiveness, so we also pray for those who do evil, that God will change their hearts and make them tools to spread peace and love.”

“This will be a historical event,” says Deacon Bassam Sawan from Homs. “Churches will come together to pray for peace in Syria. This day is important because of what Christ said: ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God’. This day is beyond all geographical, cultural and civilisational barriers between people from east to west. It will unite hearts and minds with Christ in order to pray and seek the Lord for peace in our land.”

Pray with them

You can come alongside your brothers and sisters in Syria and pray for peace using a number of resources provided by Open Doors:

The Blackout Pray for ME guide contains ideas and stories to enable you to hold your own prayer event for Syria and the Middle East…

Our One Family guide contains three reflections from Christians in the Middle East. Use it to pray…

Share the stories, news and videos from Syria with your church by checking out the Syria profile page

“The prayers sent to God from all over the world will be like a solid fortress to all of us,” says church leader Aphraim Wazir from Aleppo. “I believe that God will protect us and will take away this black cloud that has come over Syria when Christians meet in united prayer. I believe that God will bring back peace to our beloved Syria.”

Pray now…

  • Thank God that ‘what is impossible with man is possible with God’, and that He is the Prince of Peace
  • That the Lord would provide protection over believers in Syria meeting to pray on 18 December
  • That believers around the world would accept the invitation in support of their family in prayer
  • For peace throughout Syria, that displaced Syrians would be able to return to their homes and that many would
The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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