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Lebanon Prayer: Investigating Strife

God,

So much money has disappeared. It must be the fault of someone.

Maybe many.

One side has set its aim. The other—veiled defending?

Some want to see evidence. Some say: Not alone.

He says he is innocent, and ready to prove.

But yet he stays in hiding—while working in the bank.

As agents of the government quite nearly come to blows.

Consequences many.

Several sound alarm:

IMF negotiations. The threat of civil war.

Others fear the secrets, if betrayed, that he might spill.

Justice, God, they say, is blind.

But we, we cannot see.

Unless the signs are all displayed and will is what we need.

Shine your light of guidance. Uncover every fraud.

The darkness hides before the true, if righteous in their way.

Are there many?

No, not one?

Embolden the faithful. Convict of their sin.

Purify the somewhat-pure that they might take a stand.

It may not be him, God. Perhaps others entire.

A regional compact to thieve and to thwart

Every step toward transparency, sovereignty, peace.

God let there be justice. No blood, conflict, hate.

For wagons encircle midst rumors of war, as dark clouds have gathered round rattling swords.

They are many.

New drones. Loud jets.

But hints of surprise: Compromise in the sea?

Will we soon see the fruit of a settlement sure?

Europe and Russia. Iran and the States.

Natural gas, electricity. Hope.

God, you know.

God, we wait.

Prompt the right ones to act.

Prompt the humble to pray.

Investigate, God. Lebanon all.

Some: Chaff that is burned up.

Some: Refined by the fire.

Many?

In need of repentance.

Of mercy. Of love.

You bore our strife. Please heal our wounds.

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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