Syrian chemical weapons

From Reuters:  There is a growing conviction among Western capitals that President Bashar al-Assad has failed to come clean about Syria’s chemical weapons program despite his promises to end it.

Lord God,

You came to Gideon hiding from the Midianites by a winepress, and You gave him a new name—“O Mighty Man of Valor.” We ask You to come now to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and give them a name of courage.

You told Gideon to throw down the altar of Baal and build an altar to You in its place. Reveal to the OPCW the altars in their hearts that You would have them throw down that You may be honored in Syria.

You revealed to Gideon what You would have him do, how You would have him do it, and when You would have him do it. Open the eyes and ears of the OPCW that they may discern Your will. Yield their hearts to obey You.

Just as the barley loaf knocked down the tent of the Midianites, we call out for Jesus, the Bread of Life, to knock down the chemical weapons program in Syria.

You gave Gideon a miraculous victory in the valley of Moreh. Using only trumpets and pitchers, his small band completely routed the Midianites. We pray for the establishment of Your kingdom within Syria. We say, “The sword of the Lord shall slay the enemies of God encamped around His people.”

Gideon pursued the Midianites from the valley of Moreh to Bethshittah to Tabbath to Bethbarah to Succoth to Penuel to Karkor. Empower the OPCW, Lord, to persevere in this protracted, drawn-out battle. Give them the courage to pursue all the chemical weapons that oppress Your children. May they proceed in the confidence You are with them each step of the way. May they build an altar in their hearts and name it Jehovah-shalom, “The Lord is peace.”  Amemn.

Judges 6:1-8:21

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