You created this world through the power of your voice.
You revealed your will through the light of your word.
You made us, God, to do no less.
Teach us to articulate well.
With our tongue we bless and curse.
From our heart, our mouth speaks.
We will give account for every word.
Some used these words against the French. Muslims rebuke the insult given their prophet.
Some used these words against the Turks. Armenians condemn the war waged on their people.
Some used these words against the Israelis. Lebanese question the lines drawn into the sea.
And perhaps they are right to do so.
Perhaps they please you in their stance.
Their voice is strong. Their will revealed.
But is there power? Is there light?
A word alone is only vapor.
And so some kill. And so some weep. And so some shrug.
What can be done against the mighty?
God, make us mightier still?
Your power is perfected in weakness.
But it is power still.
Power to hold the tongue. Let freedom rule, but honor reign.
Power to bless the enemy. Establish justice. Prevail with peace.
Power to negotiate well. An equitable share, of your free bounty.
God, let our words create.
An apple of gold in a setting of silver.
And let them speak of you. The very words of God.
Let Lebanon be known through them, an expression of your love.
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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.
It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.
It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.
How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.
Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.
If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.
2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.
3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.
4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.
5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.
I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.