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Little Talks With God

A Prayer For A People At War


Lord God Almighty, creator and sustainer of all You have made, as the clouds of night dissipate and light breaks upon nations and peoples far and near, Your eyes must certainly be drawn to a small but sacred spot where You have invested so much of Your time and effort over the past 4,000 years.  The planes overhead and the tanks on the ground; black billowing smoke rising from rockets and burning buildings; the shrill sound of sirens, screeching ambulances and crowds carrying dead bodies down crowded streets, must remind You of man’s inhumanity to man.  We think of the pain we feel and the heavy hearts we experience when these scenes and noises enter our living rooms, how is it possible for You to refrain from bringing damnation on both the house of Israel and the house of Gaza.  How You must hurt that the land You have blessed with Your presence and Your power is now a battle field, a place of blood and suffering by people of all ages and many faiths.


Your Word declares that You are the God of peace.  Have You not said to Your people, “Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it?”  Are You not the God of whom it is written, “You make wars to cease, You shatter the spear and burn the shield with fire?''  Did not the Messiah who came to earth in this very region say: “Blessed are the peace makers?”  Do You not see as we do, the generation of children and youth who are being injected with bitterness and hatred, which is being passed on, not only from the 3rd and 4th generations, but from the l99th and 200th generations?  We are reminded of the Savior who said that we cannot live believing in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  Such a belief only makes a nation blind and toothless.


Father we confess that we do not know for what to pray.  As we open our mouths in prayer we are reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln, who during the Civil War prayed not that he might ask You to be on his side, but that he might be on Your side.  Such is our prayer this week, O God, may we be on Your side.  May we never find pleasure in seeing people blown to pieces, dying of starvation or living in fear.


Surely You would have us pray for peace.  You would have us pray for both the Palestinians and the Israelites.  You would have us pray that their children might grow up in peace, with respect for one another and civility toward one another.  We ask that You, O God, would remove all hate and hostility, all revenge and resentment, all antagonism and animosity from their hearts, replacing it with compassion and benevolence, good will and kindness.  Grant, O Heavenly Father, the end to this and all wars, that mankind may live in peace now and forever.  In Jesus name we ask it.     Amen




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