A Prayer for Afghanistan

Oh Lord,

How our hearts hurt for Afghanistan and all that is going on there.  We know you are good, but sometimes it is hard to trust in you when so much evil seems to prevail.  Lord let us cling to the truth that you are sovereign, you are in control, and you are with all those right now who are in great need.  Show us Lord how we can help, impress upon our hearts an ache for your justice to be done, and bring us to our knees in prayer for this country.  May we have your heart as we seek your face and your will in these difficult times.

Amen.

After hearing about Afghanistan, maybe you are like me and asking; what can we do?  When I live here in the states, how can my life make any difference to those who are now experiencing great suffering?
When the world seems like it is so dark and one thing after another keeps happening that causes our hope to be diminished.  We need to be reminded that we still have a hope that can never be diminished.  Our God is sovereign and He is working all this evil for his good purposes.  Our hearts may be broken, but our hope in God is never lost.
We also must never discount how powerful prayer is and the one thing we can do right now is to pray. We must pray for all those facing this horrible new reality. We must pray day and night for God to give them strength to stand up for Him and for God to provide a way for some to escape.
Below I wanted to share a few verses with you to encourage you as you lift up all the women and Christians in Afghanistan that are facing persecution.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

 

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

 

Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. (Luke 6:22)

 

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30)

 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

I have found so much comfort in these verses and I pray they can comfort you too.  They remind us that God cares for all of his children, especially those who are suffering.  Some of His children are called to live a life of sacrifice and martyrdom for God and this is one of the highest honors. So let us be encouraged in knowing that God will richly bless all those who are persecuted for His name and let us keep on praying for our dear brothers and sisters in Afghanistan that are on the verge of receiving God’s richest of blessings.

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