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Pray for the people of Afghanistan

The sound of distant gunfire signaled to the citizens of Kabul, Afghanistan, that life was about to change. As the hardline Islamists entered the capital, there was no resistance. The speed at which the Taliban regained control after 20 years appears to have surprised everyone.

The military operation in Afghanistan, initially triggered by the war against terror following September 11, led to a nation-building exercise. Since then, trillions of dollars has been spent on infrastructure, education, and raising, equipping and training a national defence force. They were times of hope for the war-weary nation.

But hope is vanishing, particularly for Afghan women, who have good reason to fear the future as they will bear the brunt of this takeover. History has taught us that.

From 1996 to 2001, when the Taliban controlled Afghanistan with strict Islamic law. Women and girls were required to cover most of their body, including their face. They were prohibited from driving, attending school, working or leaving their homes unless accompanied by a man.

Already reports are emerging of 15 year old girls being recruited to ‘marry’ the Taliban overlords. Christians in Afghanistan also face persecution and even death at the hands of the Taliban.

As we watch the heartbreaking scenes from our safe shores, our natural reaction is to want to do something to help. In times like these it is good to remember that prayer is the most powerful weapon we have against injustice. Let the unfolding tragedy cause us to come before God on our knees with tears and sincere prayers.

Here are some prayer points to meditate upon even when the right words won’t come…

In the face of the inescapable stark reality of the unfolding tragedy, many of us may experience despair or great sadness. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Let’s bring our sadness to Him as we commit to pray for the people of Afghanistan.

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