Praying for those being persecuted in Iraq

Canon Andrew White, an Anglican Vicar in Baghdad has asked the following:

 

"I have three ‘P’s that I always mention which is for Protection, Provision and Perseverance. We need protection, we need to provide for those people and we need to keep going.”


Protection

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High,to God, who vindicates me.

Psalm 57:1-2

Pray:

  • For God to work miraculously in the hearts of the ISIS militants, to convict them of their sin and turn towards God in repentance
  • For Governments around the world to open their borders and provide a safe haven for refugees
  • For women and children left unable to defend themselves against slavery – that no one would provide the means to carry it out
  • For increased awareness and accurate reporting in the media
  • For courage for ordinary Iraqi’s to open their homes to refugees despite the cost
  • For God to give peace and assurance in the hearts and minds of those being persecuted – that He has not abandoned them

Provision

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:15-16

Pray:

  • For generosity from Christians around the world
  • For aid agencies like Barnabas Fund, Open Doors and the Bible Society – that their people in Iraq can supply material needs to those without food clothing or shelter
  • For those trapped in the mountains without food or water
  • For the food aid dropped by American, Australian and other International forces, that it would reach those in need

Perseverance

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Pray:

  • For strength and trust in God and certain assurance of the future hope of eternal life
  • For determination to stand firm in their faith and hold on to God’s promises
  • For those fleeing to be able to keep going, for those left behind, to protect and support each other
  • For us all not to forget them, but continue to uphold them in prayer