Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, July 16, 2016


O God,

The latest reports indicate that the government of Turkey has survived an attempted coup. They also indicate that some 160 people have died and that some 1500 military officers have been arrested.

It’s more instability in a very unstable region in this unstable world.

We pray for peace in Turkey. We do so for many reasons.

We pray for peace in Turkey because the Turkish people need peace so they can live and thrive.

We pray for peace in Turkey because that nation is strategically important because of its location and because of its long tradition of secular rule in an Islamic country.

We pray for peace in Turkey because in today’s world, everyone is connected to everyone else and every nation is connected to every other nation, so what happens in Turkey affects us all.

We pray for peace in Turkey because we serve the Prince of Peace who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Give Turkey peace.

Show them how to work out their problems without resorting to further violence.

Lead them to work at resolving their differences rather than fighting over them.


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