From friends who work in the Middle East, I have heard reports that thousands of Syrians have turned to Jesus in the last couple years in the midst of the brutal suffering and torture and bloodshed currently taking place in that land. This is a work of God and a wonderful answer to prayer as for the past several years there has been a movement of prayer and fasting on behalf of Syria and her people, crying out for God to reveal Himself through dreams and visions, miracles and healings.
Today’s entry at the 30 Days of Prayer Ramadan Prayer guide focuses on Syria:
July 18: Pray for Damascus
Prayer topics for Syria:
* Pray for peace to come, accompanied by religious freedom and just rulers (Proverbs 13:25).
* Pray for Christians who choose to stay in Syria to be protected and used mightily in their witness to shell-shocked neighbours looking for a new way of life.
* Pray for Christians abroad to pray and help those suffering inside Syria as well as those who are now refugees – “‘… whatever you did for one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
Other prayer resources for Syria can be found here:
Update: There’s a great prayer for Damascus, based on the words Jesus spoke to Saul on the road to Damascus, on the CryOut website
Home to over seven million people, Damascus is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited capital city in the world. God calls Damascus “the city of my joy” in Jeremiah 49: 25. Saul went to persecute followers of the Way in Damascus, only to have his blind eyes opened when Ananias prayed for him in a house off of Straight Street. Today you can visit Straight Street, lined with shops and homes in this ancient, yet very modern city.
Damascus is the media capital of the country. Because of the bright creativity of those in television, the Syrian dialect and culture are seen and heard on satellite television throughout the Arabic speaking world.
Cry Out for this City of God’s Joy using these words that Jesus spoke to Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts 26:17-18:
God will SEND followers of Christ to Damascus.
He will OPEN the eyes of people in this city.
He will TURN them from darkness to light.
He will MOVE them from the power of Satan to God.
He will FORGIVE them of their sins.
He will GIVE them a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.