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Lebanon Prayer: Govern with Tears

God,

The prayer is simple: Help the government to work.

Whatever broke the impasse now decisions can be made.

So many still are skeptical.

The problems still so large.

But hope must come from somewhere while the people wait and see.

God, we ask their blessing: Discernment, wisdom, strength.

Some are hailed as capable though party links are clear.

No politics in cabinet,

Said its head. With tears

He pledged his utmost effort for the mothers, children, poor.

God, use well his millions. And too the widow’s mite.

Talents spent on your behalf can reap a hundredfold.

Many have been hoarding.

But many more have shared.

Now bless these hidden helpers who keep Lebanon afloat.

God, we seek your rescue. And justice to protect

The least of these from most of them whose welfare they devoured.

True, not all are guilty.

But each one blames the rest.

Accountability must reign if Lebanon is to heal.

God, bring down the prideful. The humble, elevate.

May this long-awaited government pursue your holy will.

Reforms must be forthcoming.

Each sect must serve the whole.

You have formed this cabinet; to fix things, or to judge?

God, we give them to you. Our hope, for you reserved.

Forgive their sins and cleanse their hearts so that their plans succeed.

My conscience, too, is guilty.

I share my nation’s faults.

Lift us up out of this pit—redeem me, them, and all.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Syria Intertwined

God,

Prayers are said for gasoline, as people wait in line.

Naught to do but ask your help in hope it will remain.

And prayers are said for Shiite sheikh, as people mourn his death.

Tributes came from every sect, remembering his cause.

But do these prayers all miss the mark? Do they reveal a focus on

The nation as deciding force? On Lebanon, strong and sovereign?

God, we pray that this might be, for agency and power.

Yet Syria—torn by civil war—is still the land of reckoning.

The novel solution proposed by the States would power Beirut via Cairo-Amman.

But to work it needs sign-off, Damascus to say: Yes and you’re welcome, we’re back in the fold.

And even Resistance will flow from the north, as oil imported from Tehran docks there.

Avoiding the sanctions it’s loaded on trucks, to then cross the border—a smuggling in reverse?

God, why must work-around characterize our land?

God, can we not solve our problems ourselves?

Ever so clever, dodge this way and that—as names and portfolios circle and fall.

Ever the posture in cabinet formation: To squeeze a concession while all around burns.

God, forgive us.

God, rebuke.

God, empower us.

God, inspire.

What can we pray we have not asked already? God, we are tired. We are weary, depressed.

We need you to lift up our spirits and heal us. We need a reminder your justice will come.

Until then give us patience in every gas station. May prayers be exchanged, not gunfire or fists.

And honor the efforts of every true cleric, aiming to serve you through country and sect.

God, maybe Syria intertwines with our nation.

Let these prayers—centered here—bless us both, and beyond.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Eight Per Day

God,

No progress still on cabinet.

Not smiling face, not bearded one.

No progress still on Beirut port.

The probe on hold, as leaders balk.

But who can attend to these files of note—

Essentials of governance, justice, for all—

While sitting in gas lines or home in the dark?

Or worse yet a victim of crime on the rise.

Gunshots at stations.

Fuel tankers seized.

Gangs mark their area.

Eight incidents a day.

God, how long can this go on?

October, if the subsidies lift?

But then the price just bankrupts more.

The middle class is pummeled whole.

Worse off are the very poor

Whose numbers only ever rise.

Where is the promised ration card?

Was nearly ready, weeks ago.

At least the dollar help will come,

Though that took months to make agree.

But who will get it, when, and how?

No cabinet, no justice. Why?

God, you know.

And God, you cry.

Is it a weeping with shoulders bent inward?

Collapsed in despair and unable to act?

What can you do when the men you appointed

Instead rob the vineyard and beat those you send?

Or is your response a loud outcry of anger?

Stirred to your core you will rise up and raze

Every last vestige of Lebanon. Death.

But one last ditch effort:

Send first your son.

Who will it be, God?

They killed the son—it brought salvation.

And then your wrath was rightly poured

Only on those who truly deserved it

While others found refuge confessing their sin.

But who among all Lebanon’s faithful children

Might come forward to lead something new, something true?

Perhaps to be beaten.

Perhaps to succeed.

But call them forth, God.

Save the vineyard.

Renew.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Directional Fuel

God,

Not East nor West said Lebanon’s pact.

From whence then comes the fuel?

An Arab face, but not entire—

And thus linked far afield.

For years it all flowed through the Gulf

Until they ran afoul.

Corruption steals the best of aid,

And guns too much to bear.

So now the country has run dry,

No friends of which to turn.

After defaulting on the debt:

Compassion, pity—please.

But from the East the cry is heard:

Our fuel supplied with honor.

We’ll take your lira, send a ship.

Resist humiliation!

And then the West in turn replies:

We’ll help you through the system.

With Egypt, Jordan, lending hand,

The UN is your partner.

Immobilized and scrambling still,

Officials reach decision.

A compromise on subsidies:

Solution through September.

Not East nor West, at least for now.

The edifice is crumbling.

God, we ask your gracious help.

So many people suffering.

“Who will save us from this sin?”

Said St. Paul (paraphrasing).

“What a wretched man I am”—

Can we say of the nation?

He knew his freedom in God’s love,

And yet he kept on stumbling.

So much of Lebanon is good,

But chaos—ever-present.

A slave to East? A slave to West?

Between them torn asunder?

Or bound to “what it does not want”?

Sectarian entire.

Where then is the equivalent:

“Thanks be to God—salvation!”

“Deliverance through Jesus Christ,”

For Lebanon’s Constitution?

Can God redeem the national pact?

Or is it national idol?

A law—though good—brings only death.

Shows sin becoming sinful.

God, we don’t know where to turn.

Can your love rescue nations?

So many sects; can St. Paul speak

To Muslim as to Christian?

But all can pray with humble hearts,

For medicine, fuel, and water.

Unite them, God, their parties too,

Around a clear consensus.

So East, or West, or both, or none.

But free—no condemnation.

Your spirit-guide through every call

That issues from the nations.

Desiring only spirit-mind,

And from it, life and peace.

God, give to Lebanon fuel it needs,

But so much more essential:

Submission to your holy ways,

Then righteous, resurrection.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Subsidy Gone

God,

It took only a moment, with nary a warning,

Suddenly subsidized fuel was no more.

With officials aghast—“the move is illegal”—

Others asked why, with the ration card near.

The president called for emergency meetings.

The caretaker prime minister quickly said no.

His cabinet immobilized by constitution:

Only an authorized government can act.

Will you, God?

Then a second moment, again with no warning,

Suddenly a depot of fuel was no more.

Illegally stored at the time of the blast,

Twenty-plus perished with dozens more burned.

Officials in outcry demand resignation,

As others pledge inquiry, just like before.

One more disaster, shaking the people.

But who in the cabinet is authorized to act?

Are you, God?

But what to expect when we throw you our problems?

Are you pro or con subsidies? Where is your will

When it comes to distributing files in government?

If you bother with Lebanon, is it only to sigh?

But surely you care for the healing of bodies,

And yet AUB doctors may soon shut their doors.

Along with the hospitals throughout the country,

None can obtain the fuel needed to work.

How long, God?

Just when it feels like hitting rock bottom

Another event digs the hole deeper still.

How long can Lebanon continue in chaos?

How long your chastening, punishment, wrath?

Or is it the evil one, let loose to plunder?

Your hand of restraining has lifted, and thus

The result of endemic corruption is painful.

The wages for sinners is death, says your book.

What then, God?

In only a moment, without any warning,

Your Christ will appear and set everything right.

This is our hope—but is it our only?

Have we nothing more to expect in this life?

With or without the subsidies your love continues.

If no fuel or medicine, your grace still abounds.

Give us strength to pursue the ideals of your kingdom.

On the earth let us work so that your will is done.

If so, we rejoice that your good serves so many.

But now, we must mourn—and there seems no relief.

Comfort those who lost their loved ones.

Provide the means for all to live.

Hold accountable the government.

Convict our sins, revive our land.

God, may our nation look to you for mercy.

In only a moment, salvation can come.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Explosions Abound

God,

There should have been just one to note:

The Beirut explosion and all traumatized.

A moment of silence, a moment of rage.

Indeed thousands rallied for justice, for grief.

And with them the pledges of nations in concert,

Millions of dollars that may one day come.

But God this outpouring so quickly was sandwiched;

Explosions anew that distract and destroy.

Revenge killings rattled the south of the capital,

Sunni tribes with the Shiite militia in charge.

And then unclaimed rockets were launched cross the border,

Prompting response by the Zionist state.

And thus in deterrence, resistance demanded

That several more rockets strike enemy soil.

This time to be claimed by the Shiite militia,

Though with harsh condemnation, and local Druze angst.

God, keep the peace.

God, keep the focus.

Not that politicians neglect the explosion:

They call to reveal who sourced it to port.

They call to remove all official immunity.

But no one has done so; no one takes charge.

God, how long must we wait until your detonation,

Your anger to pour on the guilty entire?

Or have you already denounced the whole nation,

As David once chose for the plague to strike all?

But his heart was trusting: Your mercy is greater,

And better your hand than the enemy’s sword.

But might southern rockets invite more destruction?

Might localized strife escalate civil war?

God, we pray for justice.

God, we long for peace.

Your wrath can flare up in a moment.

Your patience is what we all need.

God, balance Lebanon in your wisdom,

And grant every citizen—rest.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Effective for Many

God,

You oblige us to pray for the king,

And those in authority—but what when so many?

We lift up the name of prime minister designate,

And of the president with whom he confers.

But God, we prayed also for the former candidate,

And the one before him, and the one before that.

Not to mention the speaker, and heads of the parties—

Does Lebanon suffer from too many cooks?

But worse is what comes from widespread accusation:

Lebanon suffers from too many crooks.

God, you know.

God, we pray anyway.

You can ensure that a cabinet forms.

But God, when it does, we have more names to pray for?

Eighteen, or twenty, perhaps twenty-four?

Each one a means for political patronage?

They should be a means for your blessing to flow.

So many are frustrated, God.

Why have our prayers not been answered already?

Going back decades, suffering war.

Can it be that the nation has not labored sufficiently?

With its hands, with its minds – and especially knees?

Must we weep? Must we fast? Put on sackcloth and ashes?

Or calmly acknowledge your good sovereign will?

God, the kings are many.

But they agreed—to mourn.

There is much more to do to honor the victims

Of the criminal blast almost one year ago.

But honor their marking of this anniversary,

While holding accountable all who bear guilt.

Lift the immunities.

Structure the sanctions.

Shield the people from all further hurt.

God, give Lebanon a government.

And prayers of the righteous—effective in power.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Water Worries

God,

No money, no medicine.

Less food on the shelves.

And now we are told that the water won’t flow?

Maybe the oil will come from Iraq.

If not, then the hospitals’ power is cut.

Delta is coming. Vaccine rates stay low.

And a thousand-plus doctors have traveled abroad.

Will there be hope in a new politician?

A prime minister maybe, with cabinet plan?

God, we have prayed that you raise up the leaders

Able and willing to serve Lebanon.

Is this the round that will soon prove decisive?

Or weeks and months further, with no one in charge?

Have we nothing to hope but the prayer of the prophet:

“Though all things are failing, I trust in my God.”

God, let us repeat it.

God, strengthen our faith.

God, rescue the country.

God, cleanse our wicked ways.

Until then, and if not, can you make it so?

Truly my heart can rejoice in the Lord?

Make my feet like the deer. Let me tread on the heights.

Let me pray for my people.

Let me plead for my land.

God, there is little we can do of substance.

Powerful interests and groups get their way.

Even so like the child with sling in his pocket,

Slay the Goliaths who immobilize us.

Our prayers are the stones, direct them to target.

We know not where to aim—only you know the heart.

Hear as I cry out while full of frustration:

This politician, or that, is the cause.

Maybe it’s true, and rule in your wisdom.

Where I have agency, strengthen my hand.

But give us respect for the sincere in difference.

Yes, they are sinners, but I am the worst.

Will such a prayer help restock the medicine?

Will our humility maintain water flow?

God, we are floundering.

God, we grow hopeless.

Somehow help my heart to press on, in faith.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Starting Over, Again

God,

Nine months of effort, and near the beginning

Everyone feared they would not find accord.

A lineup submitted, rejected, then insults,

Followed by go-betweens trying to help.

The cycle repeated with president steadfast,

As prime minister-designate traveled abroad.

Meanwhile we all waited for some resolution

To regional issues and nuclear deals.

Maybe its coming, and with it a bailout—

That others call caving to Western demands.

Or else full submission: Iranian interests.

But as we’re kept waiting things only grow worse.

Why, God?

Surely there are reasons. Maybe some make sense.

But back where we started all feels like a void.

Curse them?

Hail some?

Is there a side in omniscience you laud?

You want to bless us, and shower with favor

Those who are humble and righteous in deed.

But what of the suffering? Is it a trial?

Merely the birth pangs of good, soon to come?

Or is it your chastening? Or worse, even wrath?

Is it ours, or the fault of our leaders who sin?

God, you know.

Please show us the truth.

But rebuke the pride of each one who is certain.

Give introspection to every hard heart.

I ask for my leaders, and those still emerging.

I ask for myself, for I know not your will.

Bind our broken spirits, God.

Heal our broken land.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Days Away

God,

Who needs to hear the message, and is it even true?

The appeal was a warning: Do not risk our collapse.

So said the prime minister asking for aid.

The social explosion is just ‘days away.’

Do not hold us hostage to hopes for reform.

Our people are hungry—so why won’t you help?

We have already, they replied, and standing ready still.

They also scoffed, and rolled their eyes.

Your own house is disordered.

Meanwhile in Lebanon the pharmacies strike.

Medicine cannot be found on the shelves.

But a warehouse in Tripoli revealed hidden stocks,

When the protesters stormed and then filmed its supply.

The lifting of subsidies – unknown days away.

How many are hoarding, just to cash in?

But days away also is the resignation

Of the prime minister designate unable to form

A government able to come to consensus.

Eleven months later—back at square one?

This is the message, God, is it even true?

Where is their fear of a social collapse?

If an explosion of anger is pending

Is it only for leverage they hope it to use?

And of the explosion that already happened,

Delays have been placed in front of the court.

Shielded from probe is the intelligence figure,

While parliament debates an immunity lift.

Justice pending—days away.

How many, God?

Also the doubters made fun of Peter,

Wondering when the Messiah would return.

But a thousand years is as a day.

And like a thief, he surely comes.

God this is little to help suffering people,

But should fill politicians with your holy fear.

And then like the widow persistent in nagging

Let those seeking justice shout loud at God’s door.

They do so at parliament.

God, though, will act.

When?

How?

We wonder. We wait. We doubt. We might quit.

But God, give us faith you will not let us go.

Convict us first of contributing sin.

Convict them next, before the law.

God, who is ‘them’?

God, you know—and so do they.

Show them now so they might change.

Show us next, if change they won’t.

This is your message; we trust it is true.

Who needs to hear it?

Lebanon, all.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Papal Reflections

God,

The pope asked Lebanon to pray. But also, to reflect.

To ask forgiveness for mistakes, for selfishness, disunity.

Behind closed doors the leaders spoke—the sects, but not the parties.

They shared their fears, frustrations, pain.

But will it make a difference?

God, the early signs are good—no one wants the spirit quenched.

A good will gesture from the Turks: Despite no pay the barges run.

And parliament has cast its vote: Cash assistance for the poor.

The president and cabinet add: The subsidy on meds will stay.

Investigations of the blast: Renewal of summons for elite.

But this time they agree to come: Renewal of hope for justice lost.

No peace without it, said the pope, as others preach through violent means.

A city riots, a bank is stormed—and sanctions readied by the West.

Against all powers the pope proclaimed: The interference now must stop.

And then he left the file domestic—no global conference called to help.

God, why did the pope not call politicians?

They implement all ethereal hope.

Would they agree if he stooped in humility,

Washing the feet of those he rebuked?

God, you know.

Help us reflect on religion in politics.

Help us in balance of nation and sect.

Lebanon’s clerics all came together.

Help us as people to all do the same.

To pray and seek wisdom.

To listen and think.

To act in consensus.

To labor for peace.

God, would you hear the plea of Pope Francis:

Answer the Lebanese cry of distress.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Care for Oil

God,

Our oil supply must come from somewhere.

East or West, or from within.

Some say fuel will surely double

If corruption lifts its hand.

Instead the subsidies are lifted

The rate to pay has doubled—plus.

A slight supply increase to market,

Yet prices surge; who can afford?

Decisions made by the caretaker

Show again that so few care

To push beyond impasse of party

And form a government, to work.

Or could it be they all care deeply?

At zero-sum, no one gives in.

But show us, God, what are the issues?

A blocking third? Tripartite rule?

What must be so strong avoided

To force the people suffering more?

Do they care but for themselves?

Do they fight but for their own?

Bless them, God. And steer them rightly.

But we cast our cares on you.

The oil we need is that for healing.

With prayer, it makes the sick one well.

Can it also restore Lebanon?

God, we hope.

We trust.

We care.

We lay our hands upon the nation—faith is failing, still we try.

We put our hands upon the plowshare.

We get to work at what we can.

We clasp our hands with fellow citizens.

We will not part ‘til all are whole.

Alas, oh God, our hands are empty.

Bless our nation, even so.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Comfort, Comfort

God,

“Comfort, comfort,” wrote Isaiah.

The time of hardship has now passed.

Gentle words to heal a people.

A highway straightened for their God.

God, these words are needed now.

The suffering is not complete.

In the past you punished double recompense for all their sins.

How much more is due for Lebanon?

For civil war, corruption, blast?

Is a call to repentance just more added burden?

Or the only way forward to peace and relief?

Comfort.

For want of it the people flail – strikes and protests, cries for help.

Lawyers. Doctors. Pharmacists. Army.

Even the gauntlet of sanction-barred oil.

“Surely the nations are a drop in the bucket.”

“Lebanon insufficient for your altar fire.”

God is this your vision for our ancient nation?

Kindling and ashes; a place to be burned?

God, “you bring the rulers to nothing.”

Is that what has happened to Lebanon, too?

So many grow tired as they fight and bicker.

God, may it be that they strive for the good.

But certainly no one has come up with answers.

A government absent for more than ten months.

Comfort.

It must be true. It must be somewhere.

It is not here. It is not real.

Many say so.

But no, we cannot let that be the conclusion.  

“Hope in the Lord, and renew your strength.”

Maybe this is the secret of doctors and lawyers,

Finding resolve amid hopeless despair.

God, they are trying. God, they keep striving.

Will you honor their efforts? Make everything right?

God, when you come, you come with your power.

But yet like a shepherd, tending the flock.

Do I want comfort? Would I rather anger?

Both are made perfect in your promised help.

When, God?

What now?

Where is that highway made straight for the king?

We cannot run, we grow too weary.

We barely walk, we grow too faint.

“Comfort, comfort.”

“Your sin has been paid for.”

Help Lebanon know this.

Help Lebanon heal.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Whiplash

God,

I drive down the road—to the left and the right

Are lines of the frustrated waiting for gas.

I know, for I was in it.

I sit in my house, and I wait for the beep—

Electricity switches too often to count.

A constant reminder the state can’t supply

The power that is needed to turn on the lights.

And now I am told alternate generators

Will now also ration four hours each day.

I groan, for I am helpless.

But what of my money still trapped in the bank?

The news gives me whiplash on top of despair.

The court order killed the release of deposits

At 3900, already unfair.

Must I go quickly and take what is offered

Before 1500 is all I can get?

But then steps in the president and central bank governor

To restore the rate that I previously cursed.

And the next day a promise of $400 dollars—

To withdraw every month, and double if black.

What do I care of the court’s independence?

I need back my money; the court’s on its own.

I sigh, for I remember.

Sixteen years ago: My prime minister killed

When a bomb blew a hole through downtown Beirut.

And in subsequent months other figures were added.

The list of the victims grew ever too long.

Of course, I am waiting for justice forthcoming

In the blast that has leveled near half of Beirut.

But the UN tribunal assigned all the old cases

Has run out of money: The bankrupted state cannot pay its bills.

I read, but get no comfort:

150 years.

Among the three worst collapses.

Lebanon falls.

Our economy gone.

God, where are you?

God, do you care?  

I pray, but find no answer.

I hurt, what can I do?

I wait, I know you’re faithful.

I sing, despite it all.

I have life. I have breath. I have family. Friends.

The sun rises each morning.

The mountains stand tall.

Make me like them, God.

Your light, in the darkness.

Your strength, for the weak.

I am weak; my nation weaker.

Give us a government.

Give us your hope.

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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Lebanon Prayer: 50-50

God,

What are the chances, on so many fronts?

Must Lebanon gamble, just to survive?

Half of its medicines are still stuck in port,

Awaiting the dollars that few can obtain.

But a new plan has promised depositor access:

Up to $50,000 can soon be withdrawn.

The caveats, many. The confidence, slim.

But hope on horizon? We need it, to live.

Slowly the country is starting to heal –

Near half herd immunity has now been achieved.

Infection rates dropping. Long lines for vaccines.

But many wait reticent. The trust level, low.

Lebanon does little to win them, God.

Can they trust—alone—in you?

It is not your design.

You are our refuge, when so few are helping.

You are our rock, when so few have hope.

But you bid us go forward and trust one another.

You bid us to love, to honor, to serve.

Trust not in princes, your wisdom has spoken.

But you ask us to pray that the prince does his job.

Many are trying, God. Bless them and strengthen.

What is their percentage? Only you know.

But you once promised Abraham you would spare Gomorrah,

If only ten righteous therein could be found.

Is this true of Beirut? Of Tripoli? Sidon?

What are the chances?

Do you count me, as one?

I, too, must repent, for the sake of my nation.

Hold not against us the sins we have wrought.

Yes, let loose the money. Keep pharmacies stocked.

Vaccinate many. But three things we need:

Justice.

Mercy.

Humility.

God, on your scale, am I 50-50?

God, in your love, I have no cause to doubt:

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Leave not my nation. May we trust in you.

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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The Syrian Vote

God,

The question is valid: Why are they here?

Tooting their horns and waving their flags.

If Assad you want, then go back to Syria.

Stop milking our welcome; your country is safe.

The question is valid, perhaps even fair.

But reactions conflict with your welcome of us.

God we are sinners, and yet received grace.

And still we keep sinning. We spit in your face.

In this world we are strangers, depend on your care.

So we can give freely, of what we receive.

Now it is less.

Am I also so?

But God, they have smuggled the best of our goods.

They eat up resources in our time of want.

Yet they fled their homeland. They left all, to live.

God, it is politics – make right the wrongs.

Give peace to Syria. Help them return home.

And of Lebanon’s policy: What to decide?

May it honor the nation, then, also the guest.

Repatriation: A respectful return.

Refugee care: Needs aid from abroad.

But Lebanese also are living impoverished.

As one member of government insulted the Gulf.

He lost his position. Did he set back the nation

In efforts to regain financial support?

And at home politicians aired blame in the parliament.

Give push to the leaders to come to accord.

Guide them as they vie for the rights of their sect,

To not lose the nation in privilege they dwell.

God, in all politics, protect the heart.

Let us show mercy. We need it ourselves.

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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Lebanon Prayer: At the Border

God,

Beauty for ashes: You have promised, fulfill.

Praise for despair: Once a dream – now awake.

Joy for those mourning: How can it be,

When suffering and pain mark the world as it is?

“Death to …” whomever your heart aims to loathe.

Some truly deserve it.

Some swept alongside.

God, can we ask for a trade more attainable?

A virtue for which we can rally, in hope?

Something that lets us hold on to humanity,

While holding still harder to that which is right.

Hatred for justice.

Grudge for resolve.

This is hard enough, God.

Can your grace make it real?

For with it must come a true sense of humility.

A knowledge that I and my group have done wrong.

It was not on purpose. We still cannot see it.

But I know I am fallen.

I sin.

I need help.

God, you hate robbery. Make me match your zeal.

God, you love justice. Through me, make it real.

One day, said Isaiah, your vengeance will come.

But Jesus, that day, did not quote that verse.

Good news for the poor.

A year of God’s favor.

Bound up brokenhearted.

Freedom, release.

But these too are elusive. Are they spiritually meant?

The blessed poor in spirit?

Release from my hate?

I like my hate. It gives me something you do not.

Purpose.

Identity.

Death.

If you will not kill them, I’ll do so inside.

I’ll torture and mangle and tear limb from limb.

As they did to me.

As they did to my loved ones.

As they do to your goodness at work in this world.

As they do to my heart.

As I do to my heart.

Forgive me.

Let the spirit of the sovereign Lord be upon me.

Help me get this right.

Make us oaks of righteousness.

Make Lebanon’s cedars strong.

Let it feed on the wealth of the nations.

Let it rebuild all destroyed.

Freed from the labor of everyday trial,

Make us as priests doing only your will.

Sharing your healing with every downtrodden.

Heaping coals on the heads of our every foe.

Ashes to beauty, God.

How can it be?

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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Lebanon Prayer: Suicide Intervention

God,

The French foreign minister suggests intervention,

With Lebanon bent toward “group suicide.”

He offered the carrot, now threatens the stick.

France showered its love; now lambasts them all.

It is rather erratic – just like Lebanon.

Maritime talks are now off again, as the president balked at America’s stance.

Corruption probes widen their scope to respond to political pressures suffered at home.

Vegetable drug smugglers.

Money exchange.

Turkish power supply boats.

Bank asset freeze.

Is this evidence, God, of extensive self-harm?

Or convulsions as interests all turn on themselves?

A fight for position and warning to foes:

Don’t push this too far; I can injure you too.

God, you know.

But let all be true.

Let France’s ambition be only to help.

Each investigation, expose the corrupt.

Let every crusader be of pure heart.

Each maritime line, for Lebanon’s good.

God is it suicide? A nation no more?

Or the birth pangs of something, greater to come?

A cleansing of house or rearranging of chairs?

Exorcising the demons, or will others come?

Intervention is helpful, God.

Let it come from within.

Have every citizen cry out in prayer.

Uplift the nation and fill it with hope.

No carrots. No sticks.

No sanctions. No aid.

Just friends and good neighbors.

Justice and strength.

These come from you, God. But have us pursue it.

These come from within, God. But we give you the praise.

In advance.

In faith.

In prayer.

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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Lebanon Prayer: The Produce of Achan

God,

Bless the poor farmers who now see their crop

Sold in the market at half of its price.

Good for the public is Saudi’s decision

To ban produce imports that smuggled in drugs.

Surely the guilty are found at the border,

And secret facilities stuffing the fruit.

They go unpunished, at least for the moment –

A moment that many have watched their whole life.

Will the increase in suffering press politicians?

Along with the entry bans given by France?

What of the shame over waters polluted

Where dead fish lie rotten in piles on the shore?

At least the bananas can now be bought cheaply –

Is some silver lining worth insult and hurt?

God, you know.

God, you fume.

Your anger abounds at corruption in government.

You rage against nations who sanction the whole.

You seethe at the Achan who cheats for his interest,

And damns the whole country by chasing his greed.

So much beauty in Lebanon, treated as trifles.

So much freedom and liberty, sold for a song.

God, have mercy.

God, preserve.

Root out the wretched who laugh in their luxury,

Safe in a system where none can be judged.

Reform the many who latch on and profit.

Though less responsible, they still go along.

God, who is left?

God, call them forth.

Equip them. Empower them. Promote them. Protect them.

May the wrath upon Achan not come to pass.

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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Lebanon Prayer: Method Acting

God,

There is courage in the public eye.

Yet all the world’s a stage.

You urge us hide our works from men,

Yet shine upon a hill.

Which one is Lebanon? When falls the curtain?

Stars love the limelight. Servants, the towel.

Which one is the judge?

Linked to the president she raided a firm

Accused to be linked to the president’s foe.

Dollar exporters they could be the one

Who sent out the money depositors lack.

Why was she then removed from the case?

A political judge saved political friend?

Or shelving the circus she made of the courts

He brought her in line with the right rule of law?

But if only distraction, then why would her aim

Go next to the ally of president’s term?

The Shiite community’s Syrian meds

And interest-free loans are also immoral?

Is she the maverick defying the norms

That keep corrupt leaders from public account?

Or acting in step with another corrupt,

Abusing her power in political games?

God, you know.

Bless her. Rebuke her. Whatever is right.

Which one is the PM designate?

A Sunni locked in a match with a Maronite,

He went to the boss of his strong Christian foil.

He brought back a message: Pope Francis will visit

With pleasure, once only a government forms.

Upstaging the president and taking his card

Of Christian defender, he seized full the stage.

A powerful performance that will break through the impasse?

Or a sideshow of vaudeville that sullies his host?

God, you know.

Bless him. Rebuke him. Whatever is right.

Which one is the deputy speaker?

The Greek Orthodox leader allied with the president

Called for the army to takeover power.

Does he fear for the state and its institutions?

Or read the political winds as they blow?

God, you know.

Bless him. Rebuke him. Whatever is right.

But God, also reveal.

Give your discernment to people confused.

For Jesus would also play to the masses.

Like prophets before him he acted his words.

Some loved him, some hated.

Some followed, some left.

With even disciples perplexed ’til the end.

But he prayed for your guidance.

He withdrew from the crowds.

His method: Foot washing.

His climax: The cross.

Steeped in sincerity, his message was true.

Bathed in compassion, his power was strong.

Give Lebanon such leaders, God.

Bless those it possesses,

And give them your grace.

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.