Letter to Christians in Lebanon and Syria
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Syria and Lebanon,
The Baptist Assembly in Scotland, meeting in Dundee from 25th-27th October, has commissioned me to write to you in order to express our support of you and prayerful concern for all God’s people living in Lebanon and Syria at this time. I would invite you to circulate this letter to other Christians in your land as we seek to be an encouragement to you in the face of current challenges.
Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to remember you in prayer, “ And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
We confess difficulty in knowing exactly what to pray for at this time, but we do thank God for your witness in these difficult circumstances and, knowing God's love for you, confidently seek the Holy Spirit's presence with and empowering of you as we come before our heavenly Father for the nations of Syria and Lebanon.
We have prayed and continue to pray for the full coming of the Kingdom of God, and pray that a fuller foretaste of this can be found in Syria and Lebanon at this time. May God's peace and protection be found among you in a way that overcomes the violence and bloodshed. Peace that will shine among you. Peace that will strengthen you. Peace that will allow your nations to find fresh hope for the future.
We pray that the people of Syria and Lebanon will be visited by God and delivered from all evil and violence; and that families currently divided by conflict will find renewed, deep peace through Jesus Christ. We pray for your national, political and religious leaders that they might see how they might work for the benefit of all in your nations.
Finally, we pray for the safety of the Christian community, our sisters and brothers in Christ. That you may have grace to persevere in these most difficult of days and will by grace demonstrate the love of Christ for all His world.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Alan Donaldson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland