Day 47

Praying the hope of Christ would reign in Syria

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

This traditional Easter greeting has been exchanged among Christians since the late 4th century and it will be exchanged again today – during services across the Americas, throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, in Australia and within the ancient churches in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

That truth – that Christ is indeed risen – is the hope that each of us has, not only that our lives can be redeemed, but that our world will be redeemed.

As individuals, we can live in the hope that Easter offers. That Christ is risen and we can be right with God again. That, even now, he is renewing those who follow Him — refining us into the best versions of ourselves – into the people we were created to be.

As we look at the world around us – as we look at the pain, suffering, injustice, and agonizing loss that so many Syrians are experiencing – we can hold on to that same hope. The risen Christ not only promises to make individuals right again, He promises to make our world right again.

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History has shown us that all wars end. There will be peace in Syria again. We don’t know how that will happen.  We don’t know how much longer we will have to wait. We don’t know how much more pain the Syrian people will have to endure before this war ends. But it will end.

And eventually, when Christ returns to fully redeem this earth, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Pray: Pray that God will redeem the conflict in Syria. That he will bring true peace to the country, and to individual Syrians.

Lord, we rejoice in your resurrection! Your life is our hope, and we ask that hope be given to those who are waiting for peace in Syria. Let us move – empowered by the joy your life gives us – to share that hope and joy with those who are suffering.

Photo illustration provided by World Vision