Daily Topic for May 15, 2012
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to not “conform to the pattern of this world” when reading about how the Syrian Arabs are being oppressed by a violent regime. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that violence is the answer. But our Heavenly Father calls us to rise above that and pray for those who are inviting their own judgment by violent oppression. This requires us to be transformed through the renewing of our minds.
Pray that the Lord will transform you and renew your mind as you pray for the unreached Arabs in Syria.
“Mahmoud Arabi fled his hometown in southern Syria into neighboring Lebanon wearing only his pajamas. Nearly a month later, he is still wearing the same clothes and has no idea when he and his family will be able to return home.” (http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-08).
This has been the condition of thousands of Syrian refugees since the upheaval began at home. As of early June, 2011, an estimated 4,000 Syrian refugees have sought protection and safety in Lebanon. In addition, there have also been over 7600 who have crossed into the Yayladagi refugee camp in Turkey, according to news sources. According to the New York Times, during a six-month period last year, the Turkish government spent approximately $15 million providing for Syrians, whom the Turkish government prefers to call “guests” rather than “refugees.” One displaced Syrian was quoted as saying “We love our country, and we are very scared for it.”
Since the so-called “Arab Spring” began, there have been thousands of displaced Syrian Arabs who lost everything in the fighting. This, on top of the reality of unemployment at home, has led to severe frustration and anger. Syria’s president Bashar Assad’s unhelpful response in January was to “strike with an iron fist” those who oppose him. With such as attitude, more bloodshed is the likely result.
Pray that political issues would be resolved wisely and justly in Syria. Pray for the Muslim Syrian refugees to find refuge and spiritual peace in Christ.