Thursday, June 21, 2007

Please pray for release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston

For Alan Johnston


We pray our Father for Alan Johnston whose freedom has been taken away from him and now suffers abduction for the sake of his good and peaceable conscience.

We pray for Alan and all whose vision of your world is seen in captivity, and in whose heart the lamp of hope burns low.

God of mercy, give Alan help, according to his need,

And bring him home in safety we pray.

Hear our prayer for Jesus Christ’s sake

Amen.


O God our father, whose son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death; strengthen those who suffer for the sake of a good and peaceable conscience.

When they are accused, save them from speaking in haste;

when they are rejected, save them from bitterness;

when they are imprisoned, save them from despair;

and to us your servants give grace to respect their witness

and to discern the truth;

For the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous judge

Amen.

2 comments:

Paul Walter said...

Amen

Laurence Boyce said...

God of mercy, give Alan help, according to his need . . .

Embarrassing. Very embarrassing.

. . . and bring him home in safety we pray.

What does it say about your God that he’s going to free Alan as long as you and your fellow religious kooks keep him bumped up to the top of God’s in-tray with your prayers?

Hear our prayer for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Is that the same “Jesus” who said “I come not to bring peace but a sword”? One of the few predictions he got right I’d say, and borne out every single day by the ongoing carnage in the Middle East of which Alan is but one of millions of victims.