Today, November 11th, marks Armistice Day – the day that started out as a memorial day for soldiers who died in the 1st World War, but is now used for remembering those fighting and dying in wars all over the world.
On November 11th 1919, newspapers in England announced the day as “peace day”, and when the church bells tolled at 11am, people stopped for a minute silence, remembering those who had died in what would come to be know as “the war to end all wars.”
Sadly, it wasn’t. Since then, war has been, and still is being fought on every continent. The struggle for power is as strong now as it was 100 years ago, innocent bystanders still being slaughtered, families still being torn apart.
As we take time today to remember those who have fought and died in war, let us also take time to pray for those still caught up in war and conflict around this world.
For Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, for Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, For Israel and Palestine … the list goes on.
Let us lift up these nations and people before the very throne of God, knowing that He knows the name of each one who dies, each child left orphaned, each mother left childless, each husband left to grieve.
Not only does He know them, but He longs that they will know Him too … know the heart of the Father who grieves with them, who can comfort them, who loves them and offers them hope, even in the most hopeless and darkest of situations.
- “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”, of Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and across the African continent.
- Pray for those grieving the loss of family and friends through war and conflict, that they will come to know the God of all comfort, and His heart of love for them.
- Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit across these nations, through refugee camps and areas where displaced people are living, that “many will hear, many will see and many will put their trust in the Lord.”
Isaiah 45 vs 22: “‘Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”