A prayer for Syria from the Methodist Church:
Our hearts grieve as we witness the escalating violence and needless deaths in Syria. We identify with the sorrow of all Syrians who now see their country riven with conflict and the potential for increasing animosity between parties.
We pray for a speedy resolution to the political crisis and for a realisation by the Syrian Government that people’s aspirations for a stake in how and by whom they are governed will not go away.
Lord may Christians, Muslims and all people of faith in Syria unite to build peace and justice for all.
When you walked among us you rejected the way of the sword. May all parties in Syria realise the futility of violence, the right of peaceful protest and the need to protect civilian life in all circumstances.
We pray for wisdom and greater unity on the for regional and international powers, and lift before you own Foreign Secretary, as governments determine how best to respond.
We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the author of peace, to whom all hearts are known,