A Prayer for the Children of Iraq

By James Gordon from Los Angeles, California, USA (Iraqi refugee children, Damascus, Syria) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
by Sister of Stephen

Last week, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report on the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) abuses against the children of Iraq. The report highlighted ISIS’ barbaric treatment of Christian children and children from other religious minority groups, including…

  • “systematic killing…several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive”
  • “high number of children who have been abducted…, many of whom are severely traumatized from witnessing the murder of their parents”
  • “sexual enslavement…, in particular of children belonging to minority groups”…“markets” in which “they sell abducted children… attaching price tags to them”

The report described ISIS’ atrocities as an attempt to “permanently cleanse or expel, or in some instances, destroy these…communities.”

Please pray for…

  • the survival of the centuries-old Christian communities in Iraq, the most mentioned place in the Bible
  • that Christian children and children of other religious minority groups would find safe haven (many have become refugees or been internally displaced) (Ps. 140:4) “Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men.”
  • for healing from what they have witnessed and/or experienced (Jer. 8:22) “Is there no balm in Gilead…?”
  • for the Holy Spirit to give them the supernatural ability to forgive (Matt. 26:28) for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
  • for the Gospel to spread among the children of Iraq (Matt. 19:14) “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”

 

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