A prayer for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict & a confession of perspective
Dear Lord God, Jehovah,
I pray for peace and protection in Jerusalem and its surrounding areas (Acts 1:8),
for the Israelis and Palestinians and the age-old conflict between them.
You love both groups of people.
You walked their streets, healed their sick, and prayed on their hillsides.
You understand the divisions and hostilities there,
and you still long to draw every person to yourselves
like a hen gathers her chicks (Matthew 23:37).
Help us, in the West, to pray for souls over governments.
Convict us when we politicize oppression and applaud violence.
I confess our ignorance and our judgment,
our self-congratulations and pious condemnations.
We are sinners who need you,
just like everyone in the world.
May we be a light to the whole world, not just the world we think we understand.
Help us to pray for those who need your healing touch and protective hand.
I want to serve you in the way that glorifies your name.
You are the Lord and Creator of all people.
I worship you.
In the powerful name of the Alpha and Omega,
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all the tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)