Heavenly Father, Creator and Sustainer of all things, we bring before you in loving concern the people of Haiti, who are suffering from civil unrest and are now recovering from a powerful earthquake. We ask You to maintain peace in the nation through effective government. Raise up leaders who will rule with fairness and justice for all people. We especially pray for our brothers and sisters in the growing Lutheran churches and schools, that they may remain strong in the faith. Grant them peace through faith in Jesus as they recover and rebuild. Let Your Word continue to spread and grow and use this disaster for good, bringing many more to faith in Your Son.
We also bring before You the nation of Afghanistan, which is now overtaken by evil and violent men. We pray that You will bring peace to this suffering country and restore government concerned with the good of the people. We ask Your protection on the small groups of Your faithful who continue in their faith despite the threats of persecution and death.
We ask all these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.