2019 Prayer diary

Sri Lanka bombings

Prayer diary: Monday 22nd April 2019

Today’s Bible reading: Matthew 5 vv 8-12

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

I don’t know a great deal about Sri Lanka, except that there are about 22 million people living there, in relative peace since the civil war ended about 10 years ago. I do know that yesterday there were 8 separate deadly attacks, many aimed specifically at Christians who were attending Easter services. I know that the people affected deserve our prayer support as they come under attack from evil forces. Let’s pray for the people of Sri Lanka.

Heavenly Father, we lift up the country of Sri Lanka up to You at this time. Lord, You are all seeing and all knowing, so we ask You to uphold those in need as they come to terms with what has happened – and is still happening in their home towns and cities.
Lord, we pray for them to know the comfort of Your presence through the Holy Spirit. We pray that You will have people put into place to help them with injuries, both physical and emotionally, to help them to cope with the damage and loss that they have suffered.
We pray that those responsible for planning the attacks will be caught and that justice will be done.
Father, we also pray against future attacks, give the government and security forces intelligence and wisdom to thwart further attacks and locate the people still plotting murder and destruction.
We pray for Your will to be done in Sri Lanka, through Jesus Christ our Lord,