Praying During Advent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ:
As we travel the season of Advent, preparing for our Lord’s return, I am writing to ask you to pray daily for God to intervene in the horrific persecution and refuge crisis facing the world.  Nearly 12 million people have lost their homes, possessions, jobs, and sense of belonging as they desperately migrate for safety. 7.6 million are displaced within Syria, and 4 million are in neighboring countries.
Please pray for these refugees daily, and in your corporate worship on Sundays.
Please pray for the leaders of our nations as they seek to do the right thing in the right way.
Please pray for their persecutors – that they would be stopped, and that they would encounter our risen Lord Jesus.
I would also ask you to let your congregation know how they can help with resource needs. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund has partnered with World Relief which is providing help on the ground to those in need.  Click here to see ARDF’s appeal to help.
Below is a prayer that I am asking to be prayed in our churches during the Seasons of Advent and Christmas.
LORD JESUS CHRIST our Refuge and Deliverer, Who as a child sought refuge in Egypt while fleeing from those who would persecute and harm You.  Remember those today who must flee in the same manner, and find themselves in foreign and strange lands, granting them your Presence, your protection, and your provision. Illuminate us to be a shining light upon a hill amidst the dark evil in our world, that we may do our part with hospitality and resources, and that all who are refugees might be led to the brightness of Your redemptive love made present by Your glorious Incarnation, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Thank you for your prayers!!!
Your brother in Jesus Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America