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In Days 21-30

We have prayed for God to transform the hearts of ISIS members and to bless them with fruits of the Spirit. Now we turn our prayers toward those affected by the crisis.

Untold numbers of captives are being held by ISIS. The Western press has profiled the cases of American and British hostages, but many more Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Turkish nationals have been affected. It is nearly impossible to put a number on the men, women, and children who have mysteriously disappeared or been taken captive. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time as ISIS advanced upon their cities and villages.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. – Isaiah 61:1-3

Pray for those who have been taken captive and those who live in occupied cities. Pray that they would look to God as the one who sets them free. Ask God to bind up their wounds, fill them with hope, and be their Comforter. Ask the Lord to set them free.

The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. – Psalm 146:7b-8

Ask the Lord to rise up in power and defend the weak and defenseless. Pray that He would act swiftly and relentlessly on behalf of captives according to His love, justice, and faithfulness. Ask Him to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, that they would turn to Him and put all their hope in Him alone. Pray that they would fear God above all else, not those who rule over them, and that in their trouble they would find perfect peace and hope in Jesus. Pray that they would truly see who God is and turn to serve Him.

“Don’t worry for us,” says a family living in a country where violence is growing. They face bombings, attacks, and the fall of governments. “We are not afraid. This is another lesson in trust.” Read how missionaries persevere in conflict zones in Fearless Hope in the Face of Death.

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