A Prayer for Churches in Jerusalem

Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem – Photo courtesy of Churches for Middle East Peace

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed…” Isaiah 1:17

Earlier this month, several patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem issued a statement condemning various acts in Jerusalem that restricted the rights of churches on their own property. As they wrote,

We see in these actions a systematic attempt to undermine the integrity of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and to weaken the Christian presence. We affirm in the clearest possible terms that a vital, vibrant Christian community is an essential element in the make-up of our diverse society, and threats to the Christian community can only increase the troubling tensions that have emerged in these turbulent times. Such attempts to undermine the Christian community of Jerusalem and the Holy Land do not affect one Church only; they affect us all, and they affect Christians and all people of good will around the world.

In response, our friends at Churches for Middle East Peace have written the following prayer. Will you join with us in praying for our sisters and brothers in Jerusalem?

Dear God,

We thank you for the work of your Spirit in the city of Jerusalem, from the time of the disciples until today. We know that amid strife and conflict you are still moving. We pray for the church leaders and Christians in the Holy Land, and especially in Jerusalem. Give them peace and perseverance in the face of trials and give them hope in the face of conflict.

At a time when Christian presence in the Middle East dwindles, we pray that you would strengthen and encourage those who remain. Help us who are distant from the conflict to continue in prayer and to pursue justice with our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem and beyond. Let us all be united in the task of bearing witness to your love.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen.

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