As we head towards Lent we often get requests for prayers suitable for this time of year, and that help us remember our brothers and sisters living in the Holy Land. In response we have written the following set of prayers that can be used each week of Lent and also in Holy Week itself.
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Lent Week 1
Many Christians living in the West Bank and Gaza do not have a regular water supply to their homes. They have no control over when the taps will run dry so they have to fill containers and ration it to cover the ‘dry’ periods. Tanks of water can be purchased but it is too expensive for most families. Please pray for those struggling with a sporadic water supply and for FHL who are trying to make life more comfortable for our Christian brothers and sisters.
Lent Week 2
Many Iraqi Christians have fled their homes and their land and are living in Jordan. Fr George, an Anglican Vicar and Fr Mario, a Catholic Priest are both working to help these refugees. Please pray for all those who are supporting the Christian refugees as they settle into new communities and that FHL will be able to raise sufficient funds to enable small businesses to be set up to provide employment for refugees in Jordan.
Lent Week 3
Each month FHL is presented with a number of medical emergencies. In the Holy Land there is no public health service and all consultations, operations, treatments and medicines have to be paid for by the individual. Worry about paying for treatment adds greatly to the stress when someone is ill. Please pray that FHL will be able to help those Christians who most need medical support.
Lent Week 4
Recently the number of pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land has fallen. A pilgrimage is a great way for people to deepen their faith through experiencing the places that are central to the Gospel. They are also a steady source of income for many Christians in the area. Please pray that Christians will once more want to travel to the land where Jesus was born, lived and died.
Lent Week 5
The Christian community in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan are served by many hard working, dedicated clergy. Please pray, as we approach Easter, for all priests, vicars, bishops and religious who live in these areas. They need the continued prayer and financial support of their fellow Christians to strengthen them in their ministry serving the people of God.
The Way of the Cross is a hard road to walk. As we journey with our Lord to the Cross on Good Friday let us remember all His followers who are living in the land where our Saviour lived and died.