Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Prayer for Wednesday 12 February

As the Olympic Games continue in Sochi, we pray for the people and government of Russia, remembering in particular the troubled Caucasus region. We pray for peace for the people of Abkhazia, Chechnya, Dagestan, North and South Ossetia and the other Caucasus states, and for improved relations between separatist groups and the governments in Moscow and Tbilisi. We remember the victims of the bombings in Volgograd over Christmas and of all violent actions and reactions. We pray for those who have lost hope of reaching a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict, and who are tempted to turn to religious and political extremism and violence to make their voices heard. We ask for your blessing on the police and security forces as they attempt to maintain public safety, and community leaders on all sides, that they may work together to bring reconciliation and a better future for all your children. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer