Suggestions for Prayer (i): Prayer for people who have had to flee their homes

May 8, 2015 | Flashpoints

We originally sent out this track to pray for the hundreds of thousands who have left eastern Ukraine to make a new life in Russia, but it is every bit as relevant for the countless migrants who are desperate to escape danger and reach Europe, the half million people who have lost their homes as a result of the earthquake in Nepal; the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been forced to leave their country, those affected by the civil war in Yemen, and the girls and young women who the Nigerian Army have rescued from Boko Haram.

See: Boko Haram Nigerian freed women tell of captivity hell for a brief and harrowing overview of the ordeal they have been through, as well as an overview of Boko Harmam’s attempts to set up an Islamic state.

Pray for great grace for the Lord to set them free from lasting trauma.

One of the tracks I used in church last Sunday to pray for displaced people was this piece by Rachmaninov, who, though he may not have been a practising Christian himself, he was deeply influenced by his love for Russia, and the chants of the Orthodox Church. I believe he may also have transcribed various pieces of what we would call singing in the Spirit. We hope this will help you to flow with this prayer for displaced people – and wherever else the Spirit may lead you in prayer.

Please be aware in particular of the danger of women and children being sex trafficked from Nepal to India and South East Asia – a risk at all times but even more so in the aftermath of the earthquake.

I am always on the lookout for ways to help us pray for wider issues such as these. Perhaps you can encourage people in your home groups and fellowships to use this, along with other tracks of music that we regularly send out. You will surely want to play it more than once as you go deeper in the Lord’s presence. It is called ‘Bogoroditse Devo’ and it is taken from Rachmaninov’s beautiful Vespers.



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