Join me today and praying for a peaceful resolution to war in Syria and for the refugees the conflict has produced. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that warring factions in Syria will seek a peaceful end to war in 2018 for the sake of the common person who has suffered so much. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who wage war. I pray that extremist ideologies that glorify terrorism and violence will be extinguished.
I pray that the country at the end of the war will receive a new, strong, and fair government. I pray that those injured will heal fully and quickly and that those traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that worldwide, Syrian refugees will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
I pray for an effective plan and system to rebuild Syria’s destroyed cities and economy so that Syrians will have a livable country to move back to.
Notes and Explanations
Syria’s civil war is coming to an end, but it may not be a peaceful one. Over the past few years, rebel forces have been evacuated to the northern province of Idlib in surrender deals with the regime, who has slowly been taking back lost territory. There are likely over 50,000 fighters in Idlib who some believe are going to take a last stand against the regime, who has been moving troops to the north in what appears to be a coming offensive. There are fears that both sides could use chemical weapons.
Also in Idlib are millions of civilians, including over one million who are internally displaced, having already fled their homes in other places. A new government offensive could have disastrous consequences on the civilian population. One resident sadly told Al Jazeera, “There’s no place for us to go. If an offensive takes place, it will be a bloodbath.”
There are over 5.5 million Syrians registered as refugees in other countries, including over 3.5 million in Turkey, with perhaps millions more unregistered or being considered asylum seekers in neighboring or non-neighboring countries. Refugees are placing huge financial burdens on neighboring countries Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Lebanon has the highest refugee per capita rate in the world.