Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Boxford

Prayer for Syria

Bishop Martin wrote recently:

How long, O Lord?

Our cries and the cries of people around the world go up for the people of Syria and Iraq. It is hard for us to conceive of the suffering, the danger and fear that so many are living with. It is hard to understand why political efforts seem to come to very little.

We live by faith, and our prayer is an expression of that faith. I am grateful to those of you who have urged us to make a specific commitment to pray for the people of Syria and Iraq, and for Aleppo and Mosul in particular. I am asking all of us each Friday at noon to pause whatever we are doing, and spend a minute in prayer for those who are suffering, those providing help, and for peace. One minute, at noon, every Friday. Prayer makes a difference, and by this simple commitment we can help those who are in such desperate need.

You may want to spend the minute in silence, simply repeating a phrase like “Lord have mercy” while holding the people of Syria and Iraq before God. You may want to use words of your own. Bishop Mike has composed this prayer that you may wish to use as part of the minute of prayer:

Lord we pray for the people of Syria and Iraq;
for an end to killing and terror; 
for an end to hostilities, for a lasting peace.
For courage for those delivering humanitarian aid;
for all those seeking to bind up wounds and alleviate suffering.
For those made homeless by the conflict;
for those fleeing as refugees, 
and for those providing welcome and hospitality. 
We pray for your church in Syria and Iraq, 
and for faith in the midst of tragedy and suffering.
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Amen.