15th April 2017

40 Days Of Prayer To Answer The Cry

 

DAY 40

 

QUESTION: Have you ever felt completely lost or abandoned? Do you ever feel lonely when you're with people - even when you're with some of your closest friends or family? When did you last cry out to God in desperation for something to change?

 

"At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')." Mark 15:33-34

 

Over the past year SAT-7 has been sharing the cries of Christians across the Middle East and North Africa region. We see and hear it in the news every day. It's the devastating cry of tens of millions of desperate people. Conflict rages in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Millions are fleeing. Lives are being torn apart by oppression, barbaric extremism and religious persecution.

 

"Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help." Psalm 39:12

 

Jesus' cry of abandonment reaches out to us all on this Holy Saturday. After his death the disciples scattered, numbed by the shock of seeing their leader, their hope, so brutally put to death. Easter for them was not a reality - not yet.

 

We know that God is on the move, appearing to people in dreams, challenging lifelong preconceptions, healing brokenness and transforming lives. But we also know that for many people across the region hope seems like a distant land - each day a perpetual Holy Saturday - where grief, loss and abandonment rule. And this is why we should pray...

 

PRAY: today for those facing grief, loss and abandonment - that their Holy Saturday would soon turn into Easter joy.

 

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