We pray for Christians in Syria suffering under the diabolical activity of ISIS. The ancient Church in Syria is witnessing the demolishing of church edifices, shrines, and remnants of her heritage in that land.
“The Islamic State has destroyed more ancient Christian sites — this time, a 1,500-year-old Catholic monastery near Homs, Syria.
The Saint Elian monastery housed the tomb of St. Elian, a third-century martyr who was murdered by his Roman soldier father because he refused to renounce his Christian faith.
ISIS bulldozed the building and ransacked the tomb as part of its ongoing campaign to destroy Christian heritage sites.” (CBN News)
Let us pray:
O FATHER, You who sent your Son Jesus, our Lord, to redeem us from the oppression of the devil, remember the suffering of Thy saints in Syria, and please, O God, deliver these dear women, children, and men—remembering, especially, the aged and the very young—from the unalloyed evil of ISIS and cause the leaders of the free nations of earth to use the power of the sword entrusted to them to destroy this inhumanity in our day; and, O Father, as we pray for the ancient Syrian Church, we pray for all peoples of that land, all religions, filled with those created by Thee, for deliverance from the savage and wicked blood-thirst of ISIS; and, as we pray, we remember our enemies and ask that by Thy converting power of love, the many who curse Christ today will be saved and called to preach Christ tomorrow, finding His love and grace to be infinitely more compelling than the hideous consequences of the these insane men who love death. We pray believing and we appeal to Thee, O God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—in Jesus’ name. Amen.