February 23rd , 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Last Sunday morning, Israeli occupation forces surrounded a primary school in the bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank and delivereda demolition order. The school was built in 2009 with the assistance of an Italian NGO, Vento Di Terra, using ecological methods including construction out of used car-tires.

  • Lord, we pray for the courage and steadfastness of the students, teachers and administrative staff of the primary school of Khan al-Ahmar. We remember the parents of the students as they have no choice but to send their children to school. We ask you Lord to be with all people of good will as they work day and night to advocate on behalf of the school to be spared and not become rubble. Lord in your mercy…

A Palestinian family of thirteen is left homeless after they were forced to demolish their own home in the neighborhood of Silwanin occupied East Jerusalem. The family demolished their own home in compliance with orders from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality to avoid extreme punishment. It is almost impossible to obtain a building permit for Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation, thus forcing the community to build without a building permit as an act of resistance.

  • Lord, the people of your city Jerusalem continue to be bullied and harassed by the Israeli occupation. We remember the family of Shweiki and acknowledge their pain. Comfort the family as they become homeless, not by their own hands but by the discriminatory policies of the evil Israeli occupation. Lord in your mercy…

Last Friday, on the 12th anniversary of the popular movement in the village of Bilin, demonstrations were held in the villages of Bil’in, BeitJala, Jabalia, Nilin andKafrQaddum in the occupied Palestinian territories. The demonstrations are held to protest the Israeli settlements and the separation wall. Bil’in is one of the most active Palestinian villages in nonviolent protests against the Israeli occupation policies.

  • Lord, even in the midst of despair thousands continue to resist the unjust powers that dominate. We give thanks to the organizations, leaders, community members and international supporters who continue to bravely march against an enemy that seems for many as undefeatable. Lord in your mercy…

Fifteen Christian organizations sent a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump Administration last week calling for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice, and equality between Israelis and Palestinians. full text is available here

  • On the “International Day for Social Justice” we give thanks for the prophetic, honest and brave stand of the fifteen Christian organizations. Lord, may this initiative open the door for other Churches and organizations to follow suit. Lord in your mercy…
  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of France, Germany and Monaco. Lord in your mercy…

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Feb. 16th, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

 

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington on Tuesday hoping to find in President Trump a kindred spirit and a compliant ally.

  • Lord Jesus, both Pontius Pilate & Herod Antipas conspired unjustly against you. Dear Lord, you alone faced the powers of injustice while your friends abandoned you. Please Lord, as you triumphed and had the final word, help the Palestinian people and their prophetic friends to remain steadfast and overcome the danger that awaits them. Lord in your mercy…

Over 250 European organizations (faith groups, political parties and trade unions) issued a statement last week, demanding justice and accountability from the EU and European states for the rights of the Palestinian people living under occupation. The more than 250 signatories pledged to intensify their actions in order to pressure the EU and European states to end their complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.statement here.

  • Lord, we thank you for the people of conscience around the world. Continue Lord, to bless all the nonviolent initiatives that speak truth to power. May this year be the year your will of justice, peace and reconciliation be done in our troubled land. Lord in your mercy…

Israeli authorities entered the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon and delivered 16 home demolition notices to several Palestinian families. A day earlier, Israeli settlers occupied a room and an adjacent house of a 76-year-old Palestinian in the same neighborhood of Silwan. The Israeli municipality began issuing demolition orders to homes in Silwan in 2005 as part of the Israeli authorities’ plan to establish the Jewish tourism site “King David’s Garden”.

  • Lord, the neighborhood of Silwan continues to live in fear. We remember all the families of Silwan, especially the children, and pray for their safety. May your spirit Lord comfort the hearts of our people suffering under the Israeli military occupation. Lord in your mercy…

Israel’s parliament passed legislation last week that aims to legalize about 3,000 housing units built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank. The so-called “Regularization Law” passed the Knesset, in a 60-52 vote.

  • Lord, the darkness continues to fall over our land but we refuse to weep or to surrender to fear. Bless Lord the hands of Palestinian farmers as they continue to plant trees in the fields of their villages; bless the hands of the workers as they continue to construct Palestinian homes in our villages and towns; bless the women, children, youth and men who continue to protest the expansion of the Israeli settlements on our lands; continue to bless our nonviolent resistance Lord and nurture it. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Lord in your mercy…

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February 9th, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer


Thousands of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday in protest of home demolitions targeting the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Demonstrators called the Israeli state’s demolition campaigns against its Palestinian citizens “racist” and an act of “incitement”.

  • Here in Palestine and Israel, Lord, we feel constant aggravation as we continue to endure the frustration deep inside our hearts. We ask you to give us even more steadfastness to carry this burden in a world blind to injustice. We ask you not to let violence escalate and that both peoples in this land would continue, jointly, to resist and challenge injustice nonviolently. Lord, in your mercy…

Preparations continue for the Sabeel 10th International Conference to be held in March 2017. Participants continue to register for this important conference from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, USA and many other countries.

  • We pray for Sabeel’s upcoming 10th International conference. We remember the 200 participants, speakers and those behind the scenes as they make final arrangements; we pray for safe travels, smooth entry and blessed experiences throughout the 10 days of preconference and conference encounters. We pray that each person involved in the conference will grow in faith and knowledge.  May we all be challenged to make a difference with what we experience and learn.  Lord in your mercy…

 

Sabeel is preparing for a two-day training course this week for about 35 persons to come and learn how to be Bible study facilitators. The participants come from various churches and denominations within Palestine, and will learn firsthand from biblical theologians in order to implement new contextual Bible study programs within their local communities.

  • God, we thank you for community leaders who are hungry to get to know you more and who wish to spread what they know to others. Send your Spirit to guide this training, and allow it to be both educationally and spiritually fulfilling for those who attend. Lord, in your mercy…

  • Lord, the beginning of the year marks a time when we begin anew with plans and projects. We pray for the arrival of two new staff members beginning their ministry with Sabeel Jerusalem/Nazareth. We pray that their transition goes smoothly, that grace will abound as they learn new responsibilities, and that they fulfill their tasks knowing the fullness of your presence. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries ofAndorra, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Spain and Vatican City. Lord in your mercy…

 

February 2nd, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

On Friday, Donald Trump president of the United States, targeted seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees with a travel ban, excluding religious minorities. The ban is likely just a first step towards establishing a broader ban.

  • Lord, refugees are stranded, bombs are being dropped on their homes and walls are being built to keep them away from safety. We pray for our troubled countries in the Middle East to have peace so refugees will be able to go back home. We also pray that the walls and regulations that are being placed in the USA will stop the export of weapons and conflicts to our region. Lord in your mercy…

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a parliamentary vote to legalize unauthorized Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The move comes as Netanyahu gets a diplomatic boost by Trump’s pro-Israel statements. All Israeli settlements are illegal in accordance to International law, but some Jewish outposts in the occupied West Bank are deemed illegal within Israeli Law.

  • Lord, the Israeli leadership continues to prolong the conflict by defying International law. We pray for the wisdom of the members of the Israeli Knesset to block this appeal. We also pray for the courage of the international community not to abandon our case; we continue to pray for the steadfastness of our people as we continue to seek a peace based on Justice. Lord in your mercy

Nineteen-year-old, Mohammed Abu Khalifa, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank. Five other Palestinians were also wounded at the camp after clashes erupted when the Israeli occupation forces raided the camp Sunday morning.

  • Lord have mercy on our people as we continue to bury the victims of the Israeli military occupation. We ask you Lord to comfort the family of Abu Khalifa who grieves for the loss of their beloved son. We pray for an end of the occupation that continues to devour our children and the humanity of our adversaries. Lord in your mercy…

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality on Sunday approved permits for the construction of at least 566 new illegal Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, after the plans were said to be put on hold until after US President Donald Trump was sworn in.

  • Lord, the greed of the Israeli government continues to grab our land and to displace our people. Enlighten us Lord, so we may find ways to open the eyes of our neighbors to our presence and human rights. May love trump hate, and the powerful bow down to your will. Lord in your mercy…

Six innocent people are dead and eight innocent people are injured after a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. The attack, which took place at the city’s Quebec Islamic Cultural Center, is being investigated by police as an act of terrorism.

  • Lord, we pray in solidarity with the families of the victims and the fast recovery of the people who were injured in this evil terrorist attack. Help us Lord to echo your anger for the rhetoric of fear and hate that continues to spread around the world against “the other”. Lord in your mercy… 
  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara and Tunisia. Lord in your mercy…

 

 

 

January 26th, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

 

A fire broke out in the village of Ein Nakuba in East Jerusalem Saturday, killing a 36 year old Palestinian mother, and her three children, aged 3, 6 and 10. According to investigators at the scene, the blaze likely began after a heater in Hanadi Jabar’s home burst into flames.

  • Lord, we pray for the family of the victims of this catastrophe. We ask you God to comfort the heart of the father and to give him your peace. Lord in your mercy…

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States last week. Millions of protesters have taken to the streets of the main cities in the US and around the globe to rally for equal human rights for all, especially women, ethnic and religious groups, people with special needs and the environment. The demonstrations highlighted strong discontent over Trump’s comments and policy positions towards a wide range of issues.

  • Lord God, you alone are sovereign over the nations; you see both the good and the evil committed by individuals and governments. On the occasion of the beginning of U.S. President Trump’s term in office, we pray that you would guide him into leading his country in making long-awaited decisions for peace and justice, especially with regard to Israel and Palestine. May the USA and all the international community recognize the role they can and must play in this conflict – to end Israel’s prolonged occupation and oppressive policies. Lord, in your mercy…

In a statement from Moscow, Hamas and Fatah have agreed to establish a Palestinian unity government after holding unity talks last week. According to the deal, the Palestinian factions – including the Islamic Jihad – will join the Palestine Liberation Organization institutions and form a new Palestinian National Council. Peace among these two factions will support peace efforts in the region, and relieve much suffering for those trapped within the Gaza strip.

  • Lord, we ask that you make the common factors between these two parties stronger than their differences. Dear God, allow the goals of peace and the end of suffering of our people to become the focal point for both political factions. Lord, in your mercy…

The Arab citizens of Israel continue to protest the Israeli government’s campaign of home demolitions. Last Friday, tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs conducted the Muslim prayers at Umm al-Hiran village. Also, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets, Saturday, in the town of Ar’ara in northern Israel.

  • Lord, thousands of Palestinian worshipers bowed their heads and fell on their knees seeking your help. The people of our land feel abandoned, but remain hopeful and continue to have faith in your justice. Strengthen the faith of our communities by reminding the people of the history of this land, the powerful disappear into the unknown and the meek inherit the earth. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. Lord in your mercy…

 

January 19th, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Pope Francis and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday to open a Palestinian embassy in Vatican City. Issa Kassissieh, the Palestinian ambassador to the Holy See, called the move “a significant achievement for the Palestinian people,…”.

  • Lord, we thank you for the world leaders who recognize our country and acknowledge our rights even though we are under military occupation. We pray for more steps of courage to be taken by the decision makers of the world that lead to our independence. Our freedom is inevitable and we are sure of this. Lord in your mercy…

The Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) elected the Rev. Ibrahim Azar, pastor of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, as bishop-elect of the church. The ELCJHL is one of the Lutheran World Federation member churches, serving approximately 3,000 local members.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, and his long service of the Evangelical Church in particular and for the entire Palestinian people in general. We also hold the new bishop elect, Rev. Ibrahim Azar in our prayers as he takes on the new position in your service. May your spirit, Lord, empower him to remain the humble, loving and honest good shepherd we know. Lord in your mercy…

Thousands of Arab citizens inside Israel turned out Friday in Kalansuwa, an Arab Town inside Israel, to protest last Wednesday’s destruction of 11 homes by Israeli government bulldozers, and 11 families were thrown out in the bitter cold. Last week’s demolition is one of the largest demolition operations in the Israeli Arab towns in recent years.

  • Lord, we join in prayer in solidarity with the demonstrators. We pray for Israel to become a democratic state, a state for all its citizens, a state that grants all its citizens building permits regardless of their ethnicity or religion, a state where no one needs to build their home without a building permit. Lord in your mercy…

On Sunday Israeli forces attacked, with an artillery missile, and opened a barrage of gunfire towards a location east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military claimed that the bombing came after Israeli infantry troops came under fire from the Palestinian side near the border fence with Gaza.

  • God of justice and mercy, we pray fervently that the Gaza-Israel cease-fire will hold, and bloodshed will be prevented. We remember the people in Gaza and especially the little children. We pray for the end of the ten-year-old blockade of Gaza and the evil military occupation. Lord in your mercy…
  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Lord in your mercy…

 

January 12th, 2017

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

When the Israeli occupation forces turned up to demolish a home in the West Bank village of Budrus on January 6th they were met with an unexpected obstacle: dozens of Palestinian women protecting the house with their bodies. Over 1100 homes and structures have been destroyed by the Israeli army in 2016.

  • Lord, we thank you for all the grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, daughters, neighbors and friends who stood hand in hand in solidarity and refused to let the army demolish that family’s home. We pray that such beautiful actions of solidarity and nonviolent resistance will continue to spread in our communities. Lord in your mercy…

Gaza has been suffering from a chronic power deficit for years amid Israel’s blockade – a situation that worsened after the 2014 Israeli assault, which destroyed Gaza’s power plant. Even before the war, Israeli-supplied electricity to Gaza met less than half of the territory’s estimated needs.

  • Lord, you are the light of the world and Gaza won’t stay in darkness. Thank you lord for the 320 days of sunlight per year. Thank you for the innovative minds and dedications of the “Empower Gaza” initiative- that aims to install solar panels in major hospitals throughout the territory. Lord in your mercy…

A group of Israeli settlers on Sunday morning took over a Palestinian residential building in Silwan, East Jerusalem. The settlers reportedly took over the building while accompanied by Special Israeli forces. The building is the property of a Palestinian man, who is currently in Jordan. The settlers took over his home as well.

  • Lord, Israeli settlers continue to be blinded by extremism and greed. Grant us Lord the wisdom needed to deal with the settlers, the courage required to defend the Palestinian victims and the full commitment to nonviolence as the only tool of resistance. Lord in your mercy…

Dozens of female cancer patients in the Gaza Strip have launched a protest against Israel’s refusal to allow them to cross to the West Bank to seek medical treatment. The women say the ban or delay of their treatments is a “premeditated death sentence.”

  • Lord, let the cries of the cancer patients reach the deaf ears of the decision makers in Israel and the world. We have faith in you Lord and in your healing powers. Heal the hearts of the Israeli leaders with compassion and mercy. Lord in your mercy…

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Lord in your mercy…

January 5th, 2017

Lord, from the land of your Holy Son we thank you for this New Year and for all the  potential it holds. Come and kindle in us your mighty flame as we recommit ourselves to work for the coming of your kingdom

  • Help us Lord to use our faith this year as a source of liberation rather than a tool of oppression and discrimination. May our faith open our eyes to see your image in the people who differ from us. Grant us lord the courage to let go of our privileges to see equality prevail among all humans. May we humans be more gentle to your creation and preserve this Earth we call mother. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • May our faith this year enable us to do justice and have mercy. May we challenge the economic systems that make few people rich and many people poor. May we challenge the politics of empire, where gold is cherished and the poor and marginalized are ignored. May we advocate for restorative justice to make true peace as we seek the reconciliation among all your children. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • May this year be a year where we see violence disappear from our hearts, our communities, our countries and the entire world. Help us Lord to stand for our cause without picking up the sword. Help us lord to replace fear with love. We pray for an end to the violent Israeli occupation, let this year be the year where the guns in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and all areas of conflict in the world become silent. Lord in your mercy…
  •  We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Lord in your mercy…

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Dec. 29th, 2016

Palestinian prisoners Ahmad Abu Farah and Anas Shadid announced the suspension of their 90 day hunger strike on Thursday, following an agreement with the Israeli military prosecution that the two would be released after one final renewal of their administrative detentions.

  • Lord, we remember Palestinian political detainees and prisoners in Israeli jails. Administrative detention contravenes International Humanitarian Law. It is the right of every prisoner to be charged and tried. Help us Lord to set the captives free, put an end to the occupation and proclaim your will to the world. Lord in your mercy…

The UN Security Council (UNSC) made a stand for justice last week. However, Friday’s UN resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policies may not result in immediate changes on the ground, as the Israeli Jerusalem zoning committee is expected to approve construction permits for hundreds of new Jewish-only settlement homes in East Jerusalem.

  • Lord, we give thanks to all the people in the world who still believe that peace is possible between Palestine and Israel. We remember all our Israeli friends, international advocates and Palestinian activists who are working vigorously to dismantle all obstacles to ending this evil occupation. Lord in your mercy…

In the midst of the fear of extremism and terrorism in the world, tolerance prevailed in Palestine as hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Muslims joined with their Christian brothers and sisters in their Christmas celebrations.

  • Lord, we give thanks to your spirit that brings your children together all year long. The Bible quote “Do not be afraid” continues to be echoed out loud in Palestine by the actions of our neighbors, friends and our wonderful Palestinian community. Lord in your mercy…

Members of St George’s Church in Bartella, Iraq, entered their church for the first time since it was liberated from ISIS. The Christian community in Bartella immediately began to worship in the churches of their ancestors after ISIS was driven out. Despite their hometown’s having been recently freed from ISIS, the Christians of Iraq are still in a state of mourning during this blessed period of Christmas.

  • Lord, many in the Middle East continue to yearn for the sound of Halleluiah and bells ringing in their Churches. We are given warmth by the church candles, strength from communion and steadfastness as we read your Gospels. Lord, be with the Middle East as we try to recover again from the ashes of war. Lord in your mercy…

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Ghana and Nigeria. Lord in your mercy…

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December 22, 2016

The darkness in Syria continues. Hundreds of thousands are dead, millions are displaced and refugees continue to seek safety from land once was their home.

  • Lord, we pray for your spirit to move us as we have become apathetic to Syria. The storms of evil continue to blow in Syria leaving only ashes and smoke. Brothers turned against each other, the people are broken and the cities and villages are burned to the ground. Dear God, we long for the moment the words of your prophet Isaiah become a reality “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks (Isaiah 2:4)”. Lord in your mercy…

Israeli occupation forces have shot dead Ahmad Atta, a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank. Israeli army officials said troops entered the village of Beit Rima, near Ramallah, on Sunday and were confronted by stone-throwing youths and the army responded by opening fire.

  • Lord, the violence continues to break the hearts of our mothers. We pray for an end to this madness, an end to the Israeli occupation and end to the tears of all mothers in the world. Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Jerusalem and Nazareth offices are holding this week a two day staff retreat to prepare for the year of 2017.

  • Lord, we pray for the staff and volunteers of Sabeel Jerusalem and Sabeel Nazareth. We pray for the Sabeel Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. We give thanks for all the Friends of Sabeel groups around the world. Please bless their lives and work. Lord, in your mercy…

 

  • Lord, we give thanks for the fellowship experienced last Saturday during the Sabeel Annual Ecumenical Christmas Dinner. We are grateful for the prophetic message of Patriarch Sabah, the amazing Jerusalem Knights Choir, the dedication of our Jerusalem committee and for our many friends who made the Christmas dinner a great success.  We ask for the ecumenical spirit to be strengthened in the world “so in Christ we who are many are one body” Romans 12:5. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries ofBenin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. Lord in your mercy…

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