"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." James 3:17-18
I just feel like this week we need to send some prayers around the world. As always, we will continue to pray for safety and wisdom for President Obama and his family, as well as Vice President Biden and his family. But this week, my eyes have been turned to Asia, where there is turmoil in one part of the continent, and accusations in another.
I am praying this morning for the citizens of Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is in chaos after a major clash between protesters and police, which subsequently involved the military and many citizens being killed. It's already been an unstable time for the people of Thailand. The protesters have been protesting for some time, but they hadn't affected any change, so they got angry. I just want to pray for peace to flood the streets of Bangkok. May God give wisdom to those who are seeking change, to keep them from resorting to violence. And may God give the leaders of Thailand wisdom as well, to see where they need to make changes. May the peace of God flow among the citizens of Bangkok- and around the country of Thailand. May they not be afraid to leave their homes, and may they recover from this incident in short order. Thailand relies a lot on tourism to boost their economy. May the country become safe once again for tourists to visit and explore the beautiful country that God created.
And while we're in that part of the nation, let's slide on over and pray for the country of Pakistan. Pakistani leaders have recently been accused of knowing where major terrorists are hiding...you know, relations between Pakistan and the US are tentative at best, and I just pray for wisdom for all involved with getting terrorists out of Pakistan. I pray for the Pakistani government, that they would not have to fear retribution from terrorists for anything they do. And I pray for wisdom for the United States diplomats when talking to Pakistan. May they choose the right words, and may they seek Godly direction and understanding in best dealing with the government of Pakistan.
And now we're going to slide on over to the country of Afghanistan. Ah, Afghanistan, I just pray that God will win! This very morning, taliban operatives attacked a US Air base in Kabul, killing 1 and wounding 9. May God protect the military members- from the US as well as other countries their supporting us, who are there trying to protect the citizens of Afghanistan, and trying to rid the region of the taliban extremists. May God give the military supernatural plans to eradicate the terrorists and extremists who want nothing but harm for the people in that country. My heart goes out to the citizens of Afghanistan who have been living in a war zone for so long... and just when things maybe start to seem a little normal again, the taliban surges forward and tries to wreak havoc again. May the power of God come upon that country! May He cause the very hearts of the taliban to change and to be filled with the love of God! Imagine the kind of change that could bring to the war-torn region! God loves the Afghani people, may they know that in a big and powerful way.
And finally, we're going to sidle on over back to our side of the world and pray for the nation of Mexico this morning. Today President Obama is meeting with President Calderon, and I just pray that God will totally bless their time together. May they have God-seasoned discussions, and may they find answers together to the problems we face together along the border. Mexico is dealing with some serious drug issues, and those issues are causing big problems along the border. May these men have some revelation today about how best to deal with these drug cartels who are causing serious problems. May the borders become a safe zone, and may the region see an end to the drug running that causes so many problems in both Mexico and the US. If our two countries could figure out a good way to control the border together, trade and relations could really become a boom to both nations. I pray that the conversations these two men have today would be salted with Godly wisdom, and that perhaps an idea or two may be planted that will come to fruition for the benefit of both countries, and for the glory of God.