Praying for Peace in the Holy Land

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Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

From CNN.com:

Gaza City (CNN) – Explosions rumbled through Gaza all night into Friday, as Palestinian health officials reported an additional death in the conflict with Israel, bringing the total toll to 20.

The fighting has left 235 wounded, Palestinian officials said. Israeli officials reported no new deaths Friday, saying a total of three have died from rocket fire since fighting broke out.

Gazans got no respite from the ongoing attacks as Egypt’s prime minister arrived for a visit. Israel planned a cease-fire for Friday to accommodate him, according to a senior official from the Israeli prime minister’s offer. But the move was contingent on Gazans also holding their fire. The militant group al-Qassam, Hamas’ military arm, rejected the idea.

Israeli defense spokesman Capt. Barak Raz complained via Twitter that during Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil’s visit, 50 rockets flew out of Gaza toward Israel.

Raz reported an explosion in Tel Aviv that shook his apartment.

Hamas’ al-Aqsa TV has reported that Israel was continuing operations during Kandil’s visit, which was expected to last three hours.

But Israeli spokeswoman Avital Leibovich contradicted al-Aqsa’s claim, posting to Twitter that the military paused operations for at least two hours.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/ Chris Jefferies

    I recommend listening to some of these stories of reconciliation between Jewish and Palestinian followers of Jesus. – http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/2012/11/astonishing-tales-of-reconciliation.html

    Of course the need for reconciliation goes far beyond that to include the entire population in the Middle East. But a start must be made somewhere and the church seems a good place to begin. Meanwhile, yes, let’s pray.

  • Mike M

    Amen, Brother. In Jesus’ name we pray. And pray also for our fellow Christians in Palestine and Israel who are persecuted themselves. And for the Messianic Jews in Israel, blazing new trails of peace in a land bloodied by this terrible violence.

  • E.G.

    Yes. Thank you. It is so painful to watch. And so many innocents on both sides caught in the mayhem and death. Sickening.


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