Some say the story has already been written. Why should we care about wars and injustice in the world today, that Satan is in control of the world at this point in time, and don’t I know that we only get true peace and ultimate justice when Jesus comes back again? While I do believe in the second coming of Jesus the Christ, I do not believe that praying for peace is pointless. When people prayed and meditated in Washington, D.C. to reduce the crime rate, it dropped by 25 percent. I believe it is important to pray always, especially when our brothers and sisters living in all parts of this beautiful earth, like in Somalia, are in such need of prayer and understanding. I do believe prayer moves mountains. This week, specifically June 26, is Independence Day For Somalia, but more needs to be done. It begins with our conscious raising awareness of global concerns. These are our brothers and sisters, after all, there is only one race on this planet, and it is the human race. Where two are more are gathered in God’s name, he is there. Please join me now in this global prayer for peace in Jesus name for peace in Somalia, you in your country, me in my country, and the rest of the world population reading this, will join our prayers together to petition heaven for the people who are suffering so greatly.
“This land of beautiful people gained political independence in 1960. However, it has had no effective government since 1988 when civil war led by clan and military leaders produced chaos and anarchy. Continuing battles over power and land are exacerbated by drought, famine, and poverty. Severe famine in 1993 led the United States to send marines to Mogadishu (see the movie Black Hawk Down) to protect humanitarian efforts, but heavy casualties and failure to restore order forced them to withdraw. More recent efforts by Kenya and Ethiopia produced some initial improvement, but stirred Somali resistance, and warlords and clan leaders continue to fight for control of Mogadishu and the south, and resist U.S. efforts to capture Islamic terrorists in the country. International aid workers are being killed. Chronic malnutrition, little clean drinking water, and few medical resources have left an estimated 75 percent of the largely Muslim population of eight million with parasitic diseases and other infections. One million Somalis have fled their homes, many their country as well. A miracle is truly needed.” taken from “In God’s Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Circle” by the World Council Of Churches.
“O God of peace, we pray for peace in Somalia and that clan and military leaders would repent of the devastation they have caused to their land and their peoples. May we also repent of our own violence to others and to our earth.
“O God of compassion, be with the million Somalis who have fled their homes or country. Fill us with your compassion to reach out to refugees in our own communities and to share more generously from the abundance of gifts you have given us.
“O God of justice, as you continue to give us our daily bread, help us to work for the bread for our world and to support the efforts of relief agencies providing food, water, and medical care to millions of our Somali sisters and brothers. Protect those aid workers and others who dare to be your agents of justice and compassion.
“O God of courage, give us the courage and persistence to keep working and praying for change in national and international policy, so that the Millennium Development Goals for halving global poverty by the year 2015 will be realized.
“Consider supporting the work of medical groups like Doctors Without Borders and the International Medical Corps; and the advocacy efforts of the ONE Campaign for the Millennium Development Goals.
“Prayer of Petition:
“O God of justice and peace, we beg you to bring peace, food, clean water, and medical care to the people of Somalia, who have suffered so greatly under the double burden of poverty and war for decades. Give us the compassion and courage to be the instruments of your justice and peace in Somalia and in our own communities burdened by poverty and violence.” taken from “Praying for Peace Around the Globe,” by James McGinnis