8 Things to Pray for Related to ISIS, War, and Terrorism

Pray for the families and communities of Christian martyrs.

“Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4-5

Pray for the families of refugees displaced by the violence.

“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” Exodus 22:21

Pray for the wisdom of political leaders and their policies.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Pray for journalists who are reporting on the situation.

“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.” Proverbs 25:13

Pray for Muslims around the world.

“And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh…?” Jonah 4:11

Pray for the soldiers engaged in combat.

“For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13:4

Pray for those committed to peacemaking and relief efforts.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Pray for the lives and souls of terrorists.

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:44-45

5 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this wholesome and vital reminder, Andy. From any angle people may approach crisis, God’s word has the answer and this is the true Christian attitude.

  2. I have been praying that the ISIS leaders would have Damascus Road experiences. Then I understood that God may be using ISIS to humble a complacent USA the way God used Assyria and Babylon to humble the Jews. We must pray for and embody authentic Jesus lives here in our country and ask ourselves if we would be among the martyrs or the denyers if we were called to give our lives. Pray that God would find us faithful.

  3. Great points Andrew! I love the part in Matthew 5:44-45 “so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Haaven”. Being an adopted son of God looks like praying for those who mistreat and persecute and misunderstand us. It’s beautfiul that Jesus too, continues to make intercession for us at the right hand of the Father. We formally have mistreated and disregarded and profaned His name too. Yet He interceded and stands in place of us when judgement would fall as the elder brother. Love His example of living.

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