Sabeel Prayer Wave September 4, 2014

TheWave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.
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Sabeel Wave of Prayer September 4, 2014

God of peace, we lift up our gratitude for the cessation of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket fire. In Gaza, people are uncovering the extent of the devastation to this small region where nobody was untouched by tragedy. Some estimate that it could take as many as 20 years to rebuild Gaza. Lord, as food and medical supplies enter through narrow Gaza border openings, we pray that this will be the last time the Gazans have to rebuild. Show your people there a future with freedom and human rights, merciful God, and let your peace and justice prevail. Lord in your mercy…

The Palestinian children in the West Bank and Jerusalem returned to school this week. Lord, give them safe passage as some cross checkpoints or travel near settlements or walk along busy roads. Many children in Gaza will start the school year late. Loving God, provide Gaza with safe school structures and the capacity it desperately needs so that the children there too can return to school and childhood. Lord in your mercy…

Lord, this week Israel announced the biggest plan in several decades to illegally confiscate Palestinian land (nearly 1000 acres/3799 dunams near Bethlehem) and turn it into land belonging to the state of Israel. Israel intends to build a large Jewish settlement there, which jeopardizes the possibly of establishing a Palestinian state. God of wisdom, we pray that the international community acts on this unjust land grab and others so that a permanent political solution can finally make its way to this weary region. Lord in your mercy…

We thank you for the people from organizations who are taking on the important task of counseling some of the traumatized children in Gaza: listening to their stories, providing creative outlets for expression, and offering support to their families to help them start to feel safe again. These social workers and educators are a light in the darkness, nurturing the littlest of your children. Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Lord in your mercy…

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer Oct. 2, 2014

Wave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

October 2, 2014

We congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters as they prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha next week. We pray that it will be a blessed time with friends and family.  We also wish for our Jewish neighbors who are keeping Yom Kippur that they will have a peaceful day of prayer and reflection. Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray that Israel’s military might is replaced with compassion, so that freedom of religion can be practiced throughout this land.  We pray that Israeli authorities will stop the unjust practice of limiting Palestinian movement and prohibiting access of Muslims to their holy sites during the Jewish holidays.  The Jewish settlers will be allowed to visit the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque (Sanctuary of Abraham) in Hebron at this time while thousands of the city’s Palestinian worshippers are banned.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seeks majority support in the UN Security Council for his initiative to end the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands within a specific time frame, we pray that the world community can come together and support Palestine’s legitimate cry for sovereignty with action.  The Palestinian people are waiting as illegal Jewish settlements expand around their communities, choking their movement, farmland and livelihoods. Lord in your mercy…

According to a recent report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), so far in 2014 as many as 41 Palestinians in the West Bank were killed and 4,266 have been injured by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted and during Israel’s search and arrest operations.  The Palestinian people are crying out against Israel’s illegal occupation, Lord; set the oppressed free.  Lord in your mercy…

We thank you for your generous blessing on Sabeel as we continue to work for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.  We also thank you for the Sabeel local and international volunteers who donate their time and service so humbly. Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.  Lord in your mercy…