Pray for the Situation in Afghanistan | Daily Office Devotional 2021/8/20

Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers;
protect me from those who are violent,

who plan evil things in their minds
and stir up wars continually.

They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s,
and under their lips is the venom of vipers. Selah

Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent
who have planned my downfall.

The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net,
along the road they have set snares for me. Selah

I say to the LORD, “You are my God;
give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.”

O LORD, my Lord, my strong deliverer,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their evil plot. Selah

Those who surround me lift up their heads;
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

Let burning coals fall on them!
Let them be flung into pits, no more to rise!

Do not let the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil speedily hunt down the violent!

I know that the LORD maintains the cause of the needy,
and executes justice for the poor.

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall live in your presence.

Psalm 140

This morning’s Psalm is a fitting prayer for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. With the Taliban retaking control of Kabul and the withdrawal of American forces from the country, the Afghans are now at the mercy of an ultraconservative fundamentalist Islamist militant group. Most precarious are those who have worked with the US military, the Christians, and the women and children. There is little we can do right now except to pray for the situation. You may also donate to Hagar Singapore to help them raise the funds they need to provide critical assistance to displaced families, women and children. (Learn more here.)

May God stay the hands that are wont to commit evil. May he soften the hearts of the Taliban leaders and soldiers and draw them to Christ. May he stir the international community to intervene in ways that secure the human rights of the Afghans. May he preserve his church and strengthen the faith of Afghan Christians who may soon face even greater persecution. kyrie eleison

Was Afghanistan Worthwhile or Wasted? Christians Lament, Pray, and Learn as Taliban Retakes Control

🔗 https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/august-web-only/afghanistan-christians-prayer-lament-united-states-taliban.html

Christian family in Afghanistan appeals to Pope Francis for help fleeing persecution

🔗 https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2021/08/18/pope-francis-afghanistan-refugee-taliban-241241

“We know where you are and what you are doing”: Taliban warn house church leaders

🔗 https://saltandlight.sg/news/we-know-where-you-are-and-what-you-are-doing-taliban-warn-house-church-leaders/

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