July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

Sudan The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray?

Here is a prayer to use or adapt:

God of the ages, your children in Sudan have known hunger; they have
experienced violence; and they endured trouble and toil. Through it
all, you have been with them, sustaining them, supporting them, bringing
them thus far on their journey. Remind  all your people of Sudan of
your presence as the day for the upcoming referendum in South Sudan
draws near. Touch them by your grace that they might live in hope. Guide
your church that all may witness boldly and faithfully to the Good News
of Christ's Gospel of love during this time. Lead the citizens of Sudan
to become well-informed as they prepare to make critical choices that
will have far-reaching impacts. Fill their hearts anew with your Holy
Spirit so they may turn from all forms of violence. Inspire them to
honor, respect, and care for one another. Guide their leaders to plan
and conduct a referendum that is free and open and honest. As they
exercise their vote, may they do so in safety and may all clearly speak
their will. May the results of the election be  honored by all. God who
does new things, open all the people of Sudan to new possibilities for
shaping their lives and country. God who creates and loves a diverse
human family, help all transform long-time animosities and seek the
well-being of all. God who establishes justice, give the people of Sudan
courage to challenge injustice and to work together to build a Sudan in
which all have enough to eat, blessed peace prevails, and justice is
known throughout the country. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Our partners in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have initiated this effort.

The photo is by Debby Vial and the prayer is by W. Mark Koenig, both Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff members.

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