“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” – Deuteronomy 20:4

This week we have been commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Our minds have been drawn towards the sacrifice made by brave young men who gave their yesterday for our today. We thought about their incredible bravery and determination and the lives of those who paid the ultimate price. We’ve been reminded by the values of the “greatest” generation, whose commitment to fight for freedom came at a cost. Let us pray that this generation, and generations to come, will never forget.

D-Day was a turning point in the war against the evil tyranny of the Nazis. Freedom had to be fought for, it had to be defended, and it came at a price. Today, these same freedoms and values are under attack. We owe it to those who fought for them to protect them.

Today, Israel is fighting a war against a different antisemitic group to the Nazis – the Hamas terror group. Hamas hates Jews and they hate the freedoms and values that Israel – and Britain – stand for. Those who tell Israel they shouldn’t be fighting have short memories. After all, we invaded Nazi-occupied Europe to liberate it from terror and set the captives free.

Evil must never be allowed to win. There are currently 125 hostages still captive in Gaza. Their suffering is on account of the evil of Hamas. King George VI’s call on 6 June 1944 for the nations to pray reminds us that it is right to pray for victory over evil.

  • Pray for Israel’s victory over Hamas. Pray for the brave men and women of the IDF.
  • Pray for the hostages and their families. Pray that Israeli captives will be released and that Hamas will surrender.
  • Pray that Godly men and women will rise up in our generation to defend the freedoms and values we share.