On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by some of the deadliest Easter attacks on Christian targets in history. Three churches and three hotels were bombed by suicide bombers. The latest official figures now put the death toll at 253, with at least 500 people wounded. Open Doorshas written the following prayer, that I’d like to invite you to join in with:
Loving God, thank You for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. Be amongst them as they meet in their churches. Strengthen them by Your Holy Spirit and enable them to see You - for You see them and are closer to them than the breath they breathe. We pray for all who were caught up in the attacks on their churches and communities on Easter Day. Bring healing to those who were injured and comfort those who have experienced loss. Thank You for all who are visiting the affected, praying with them and listening to their needs. Give them all the resources they need to bring our brothers and sisters comfort and hope.
We pray for those who were behind the attacks. Sovereign God, You understand their motives – only You can change their hearts. Risen Lord, give them a true Easter experience and turn their lives around – for Your glory. Amen.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
In this Easter season, pray for God to fill you with his Spirit and with new hope in the same way he filled his disciples.
Loving each other
Give thanks for the wonderful celebrations of the marriage of James and Emma Bowman-Powell on 24thApril. Pray for them, for your blessing and protection.
Serving our community
Pray for preparations ongoing for Hope@Motofest on 1-2 June. Pray that many people would encounter God’s love and that people would meet with Jesus for the first time.
Bible Verse of the Week
“The seed that fell among thorns are those who hear, but cares, riches and pleasures of this life prevent them maturing. The seed that fell on good soil are honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.”