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About 10.6 million people—more than half of Syria’s pre-war population—have been forced to flee their homes. Access to food, medication, and other basic provisions are limited, and threats of violence are ongoing. Today, please pray for God’s provision to meet these basic needs, so that no one else is forced to flee.
To assist you, we found this inspiring prayer written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here.
The vast majority of refugees who have fled Syria—more than 3.9 million—are living within these neighboring countries, many of which are also home to refugees from other regional conflicts. With cuts to intergovernmental food aid, conditions are very dire, and many are considering dangerous journeys beyond the region. Pray especially for vulnerable children, who make up nearly half of the refugees in some countries, and women, who are at risk of gender-based violence.
Rev. Brian Donst (Fifty United Church, Winona) prepared this prayer especially for today.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians—in addition to those fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and other countries—are arriving and requesting asylum in Europe. Pray that God would spare the lives of those attempting treacherous journeys over water or land to reach safety. Pray that those arriving would experience welcome from the people of the various European countries where they arrive.
Denise Koenig of World Vision wrote a prayer that’s ideal for today. Click here.
Canada has said it will welcome 25,000 refugees by March, 2017. All of the 25,000 Syrians coming to Canada have already been designated by UNHCR. With few exceptions, Canada is only accepting women, children and the most vulnerable (complete families, threatened women and LGBT people)
Pray for coordinated efforts between local churches, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities such that refugees from Syria and beyond would be welcomed and integrated into the fabric of Canada
To assist you, Rev. Gary Patterson (Smithville United Church, Smithville) wrote today’s prayer. Click here.
The local church stands at the frontline of assistance to refugees in each of these regions—in the Middle East, in Europe, and beyond—in partnership with World Relief and other partners. Pray that—in every location—the response of followers of Jesus to these refugees would be characterized by hospitality, compassion, and love, consistent with the commands of Scripture, recognizing the arrival of these migrants as an opportunity to extend Christ’s love, not a threat to be feared. Pray that their interactions with Christians outside of their own country would be both an encouragement to the many fleeing who are already followers of Jesus—and thus often uniquely targeted for persecution — and a winsome witness to those who do not yet know Jesus.
Click here for prayers including one written by Phillip Harrison a member of Trinity United, Grimsby.
Governments in each of these host countries are making crucial decisions that will impact whether refugees find safety and welcome in their respective countries or are excluded. Governments and intergovernmental agencies also provide much of the crucial relief supplies for those displaced throughout the Middle East, but funding recently has been far from sufficient to meet the need, forcing more individuals to flee beyond the region.
Pray particularly for Prime Minister Trudeau and members of Parliament as they make decisions that will impact how many refugees may be admitted into Canada.
Click here to read a prayer for today written by Jessica Ferroni, Christian Education Director (St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Grimsby)
The only sustainable solution to this crisis is a peaceful Syria. Pray for peacemakers who will wage peace in this troubled country. Pray for wisdom for governmental leaders who face decisions about how to respond to these conflicts.
Written by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Right Reverend Stephen Platten of The Church of England wrote this wonderful prayer calling for peace in Syria. Click here.
We’ve invited people from each of our area churches to contribute prayers for each day of the week.
Please use them as an inspiration for your own prayer life.
We welcome your contributions, too: email.