Praying For Christians In Iraq
Over the last few weeks, we’ve learned about what has been happening in parts of Iraq, specifically near the city of Mosul. If you haven’t been following the news, you should know there is a militant Islamic group named ISIS ("Islamic State in Iraq and Syria") which has been advancing, and in so doing, committing what our President has called acts of genocide. In particular, a very ancient and long-standing Christian community has been devastated. Many have been displaced and are on the run with no food or water. There are disturbing pictures and information coming out now of starving children and systematic killings.
In response, I’d like to invite you to take time this week to pray for this horrific situation in Iraq.
It seems difficult to know how to pray for circumstances such as these, but we take comfort that the Holy Spirit will help us pray when we don’t know what to pray or when we are inarticulate, as Paul says in Romans 8:26-27:
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Below we've also listed out a few ways you can specifically pray this week:
- Pray for basic necessities for the refugees fleeing their homes in northern Iraq (water, food, shelter, clothing).
- Pray for protection of the poor who are disproportionately impacted by this persecution because of the lack of means to travel.
- Pray for the children, widows, and the weak who struggle most.
- Pray for our own country’s involvement and the church around the world.
- Pray for our community to be mindful of these sober realities facing our brothers and sisters today.
- Pray for the repentance of the perpetrators (and God’s mercy upon them), but also for justice. God is the just judge, and he knows how to best carry out justice on the earth.