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Lebanon Prayer: Woe to Banks

God,

Does money make the world go round?

Or root all kinds of evil?

Mammon steals the heart from you,

Yet worldly wealth wins friends.

To use. To give. To store away?

What think you of our barns?

What think you of our bankers?

What think you of our judges?

What would you to have us think about emerging crisis?

God it all was bad before

Is now a worse still coming?

Corrupt? Perhaps. Some, all, or few?

But they control our access.

And politicians linked between,

They promise us our money.

At least a portion, more or less,

But what done since it started?

Some shield this one, call for calm.

Indeed, the catastrophic

Could come if all comes tumbling down.

A house of cards, unshuffled?

A deck to stack against the poor,

Who now grow ever larger?

Your justice, God, will build, create—

But judgment first, reversal.

So let us do so on our own:

We first, the last becoming.

We who can lead, let us serve.

Lest ‘woe to rich now’ happens.

For bankers, God, is it too late?

They had their chance and failed?

But who among us knows their heart,

Their charity, their efforts

To make the world a better place,

To help the country prosper?

If only so, God.

If politics,

If agenda seeks to ruin them,

Protect each righteous,

Kill not wealth,

A trial, yes—and blessing.

But if it is God as you say:

This harder than the camel,

Then by your grace, God, squeeze us through

The ever-shrinking needle.

Us and them. Unrighteous all.

And also judge crusading.

Honor each who does the right,

By law, with pure intentions.

Blind, impartial. Can we hope

Such status for our nation?

However good, it is not best.

You are our judge—and father.

How terrible to face your wrath,

Without your love and welcome.

The first is coming, maybe here, if not three years preceding.

The latter? Ever present for the humble supplicating.

Bankers.

Judges.

Me and you.

Show Lebanon your mercy.

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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