Jesus was a refugee. His parents fled with Him from a despotic ruler who was out to destroy Him.
What was life like for this displaced family in Egypt, a foreign and unfamiliar land? Were they welcomed and protected, or were they treated with disdain and hostility?
Pray that those who have been displaced by violence would encounter the God who is their Refuge and their Savior. May many call upon the name of Jesus as they find themselves in places bereft of security and comfort. Ask God to comfort them as they grieve the people and the lives they have left behind and lost.
Ask God to send more laborers who will courageously follow Jesus to love refugees and displaced peoples. Pray that He would equip workers with the faith, boldness, and resources needed to minister to those in need of assistance.
Eighty-five percent of the refugees in the world are Muslims, and many of them are fleeing from other Muslims. From far way, all Muslims look the same. But when you live among them, you realize that they have deep resentment toward other Muslims who come from different tribes or believe differently about Islam. This vein of prejudice runs so deep, that it drives Muslims to expel other Muslims from their homes and country.
Read more about Muslim refugees in The 85 Percent.