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Lebanon Prayer: Start Talking

God,

What to do when none know what?

In some ways you keep going.

Repair a pipeline. Seize more pills.

Enjoy the new year’s party.

But habits old continue too.

Contribute few solutions.

Freeze appointments. Tweet abroad.

Call comprehensive dialogue.

Surely it is needed, God.

The contents known for decades.

But less explosive than assumed,

Once intervention softened.

Escalation? Status quo?

The former had been promised.

Wisdom needed. What would help?

In the end, more talking?

Maybe, God. Decentralize.

Ta’ef said. Still waiting.

Order defense. One command.

Resistance. Army. People.

Reaction yet is muted still.

Responses mild, yet framing.

Partition feared? A UN role?

Accusing or agenda.

Within this, how best to pray?

Bless the president, trying.

Give discernment. Moral strength.

Break the deadlock, winsome.

Cabinet leader also bless.

Give compromise, consensus.

Virtues also. Bend don’t break.

Help him to muddle forward.

And speaker needs your blessing too.

With ally, many blame them.

Defend the sect. Defend the right.

Let justice come, include them.

But God it could be all are wrong.

Elections, now, are scheduled.

Replace them all. Or rearrange.

The nation needs renewal.

Your will, however, probes within.

Wants men, not just their policy.

Love them wholly. Sanctify.

Reflect in them your image.

And through them, God, or yet without

Bless Lebanon and its people.

Refugee and citizen.

Lift up, and prove your goodness.

Amen.


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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.

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