“And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet”
Matthew 24:6

This morning in the UK we woke to the news that the US, Britain and France have launched attacks in Syria overnight. It follows a turbulent week of speculation that has ended with what many anticipated – a coordinated attack of Assad’s military sites. What we don’t yet know is what will happen next.

Thankfully we don’t need to be troubled. The Lord is still Sovereign and it should not surprise us that the situation in the Middle East is escalating before our very eyes. We must be watchful, however, about events that are brewing. Iran, whose regime is strengthening its presence in Syria, has made further threats against Israel following the alleged strike of an Iranian base in Syria on Monday. Then on Friday night, Israel announced that the Iranian drone it shot down in February was loaded with explosives. Iran has today warned of “consequences” to the US-led strikes. It should not therefore surprise us that the IDF is on high alert at Israel’s northern border.

Whilst the attacks are targeting military sites, we must pray especially for those civilians living in Syria, including the large Christian community in Damascus. Yesterday, the Syrian Christian community called for Christians around the world to pray for them, especially as many live in areas where military sites are likely to be targeted.

It is also of utmost importance that we pray for wisdom for the world leaders involved and their decision-making over the next few hours.

1 Timothy chapter 2 states,
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

Friends, remain watchful in these times and remember that our hope remains in the Lord, who is described as the Alpha & Omega, the Aleph & Tav, the First and Last.

Thank you for joining us in prayer.

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The following prayer points are to assist you as you pray. For the stories behind these prayer points, please view the CUFI Weekly News Round-up, by clicking here
  • Pray for the situation in Syria.
    Pray for wisdom for world leaders involved and their decision-making over the next few hours.
    Pray for President Trump and Theresa May. Pray also for other world leaders whose actions and response will determine the outcome of the current crisis.
    Praise the Lord that He is still Sovereign. Pray that our trust will be in Him and that we will remain watchful at these uncertain times.
    Pray for Israel and the possible attacks by Iran or Iranian proxies. Pray for protection of Israel’s border and for the IDF.
    Pray that the Lord will direct PM Netanyahu, bless him and provide him with divine wisdom.
  • Pray for the IDF as it continues to defend Israel’s southern border with Gaza in response to violent Hamas-led riots. Praise the Lord that attempts to breach Israel’s security barrier have failed.
    Pray that attempts to demonise Israel in the media will be ineffective.
    Pray for CUFI’s campaign calling for supporters to write to the Foreign Secretary and MPs.
    Pray that this will result in the British government condemning Hamas and standing with Israel.
  • Pray for Israel at the UN, especially with proposed resolutions that are anti-Israel.
    Pray about the rise of antisemitism in Germany and for the children affected by antisemitic bullying in German public schools.
    Praise the Lord that Honduras has become the latest country to confirm it is moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
    Pray for the UK government. Praise the Lord that Britain sided with the US at the UN in not condemning Israel.

And “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”