"I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing." 1 Timothy 2:8
"For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete." Deuteronomy 6:15
This week, as I continue to pray for safety and Godly wisdom for President Obama, I also want to turn my prayers to prayers of thanks for the Iraqi people. As the Iraqi military slowly takes over the control of cities in the country, the people in Iraq have been filled with joy. It has to bring a great deal of pride to these people, who not too long ago were living in a dictator state. I am thankful to God for the joy these people are experiencing as they witness these exciting days for their country. At the same time though, there is the looming threat from next door for the Iraqi people, and I want to pray for safety and peace for the people of Iraq. There are still plenty of Shiites in the country, and with the just next door, willing and able to fund the Shiites, it wouldn't take much for an uprising to test the new Iraqi military posts. May God give the Iraqi military the strength and wisdom they need to prepare for such an instance. And may he give the people of Iraq abundant joy and peace as their country moves forward.
On the other side of the globe, let's send some serious prayers in the direction of the country of Honduras. The situation in Honduras is dire and on a precipice. When you look in the news and look at papers here in the US, the situation and the truth of it is not shown at all. In the little country of Honduras, there has been a President- President Zelaya who hasn't been a very good president. In fact, he went so far as to try and change the national constitution so that he could stay in office indefinitely. He had backing and encouragement from other world leaders, such as Chavez, Ortega and Castro. Well, the little nation of Honduras has decided to fight back! And the people have declared this president unconstitutional and the military peaceably removed him from office and a temporary president was installed. The Hondurans want democracy and peace, and there are peaceful demonstrations all over Honduras indicating as much. The people have been joyful to have this threat of a dictatorship removed...
And the UN and the US and other nations around the world are calling for the restoration of Mr. Zelaya to the presidential position. Sanctions are being applied, and the border nations are closing their borders to trade. Yet this tiny little country and the people within her are crying for their freedoms and for democracy. There are serious threats coming at this country who only wants her peace and freedom- and the entire world seems to be against this? Something is wrong here, and the Honduran nation needs our prayers so, so badly. The military has actually instituted a draft, and is reported to be driving around to the villages and rounding up every able-bodied young man who can serve his country- which is a constitutional action, so appropriate, but the mere fact that it is happening is causing concern among the people. And our country, our United States, which stands for democracy is supporting the ex-president who would be dictator. The whole situation just doesn't make any sense, and it could very well be that that area of Central America is getting posed for war. Clearly we need to pray for Godly wisdom to infect everyone involved, and we need to pray for protection for the Honduran people. We need to pray for President Obama to see the truth of the situation and to help this small country who only wants her freedom.
I have tears in my eyes this morning as I think about this small country being thrust into a fight that should not be. I am praying for a quick resolution, and that the world may see the truth. And in case you are wondering where I am getting my information from, it is from a lovely woman on a bulletin board who is actually living in Honduras. She also shared a link to this blog, where you can see some of what is going on first hand.