A pastor from Lebanon reported several miracles and shared five prayer requests for the Lebanese citizens.
Franklin Graham apparently heard the news from a dear friend Reverend Milad Dagher, a pastor from Lebanon. He told him, “There is shock and devastation everywhere. This is just beyond what we’ve ever experienced throughout the whole time of unrest in Lebanon.”
Unrest In Lebanon
Prior to the blast that hit the city’s capital, the country has already been in struggling with economic issues and political tensions. Now, the tragedy that has killed, injured, and displaced thousands in Beirut is adding to that burden.
President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse shared about his conversation with pastor Milad.
On Wednesday, he wrote:
“I talked with Sami yesterday, and the church, its Bible school, and its offices have a lot of damage. The country and the people are devastated.”
Then he announced the Samaritan’s Purse plans to help the country. He added that the organization “will be helping the church” and as many as they can in the community.
Alliance Church, the church Pastor Milad leads, is less than two miles from the explosion site. Thus, it greatly damaged the worship center.
Despite what has happened, the church members continue to praise God as they started to clean up.
“The stories I hear are little miracles here and there, everyone with a special way God put His hand of protection on them,” Pastor Milad explained.
For example, when the explosion happened, everyone was at home. And it hasn’t been long since “church leaders decided to move their prayer meetings online” because of the coronavirus precautions. Otherwise, they would’ve been among the victims of the blast.
In Pastor Milad’s case, he was out of the country at his son’s wedding.
“I got some pictures that made me cry today, as I looked at how different churches have also come alongside us to help,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed with the magnitude of how many people are praying for us.”
5 Prayer Requests
While believers continue to find their hope in God, pastor Milad stressed out that “millions of other Lebanese citizens don’t have that lifeline.” He pointed out the need to pray for them.
He asked, “Will you join us in praying for Lebanon?” And here are some specific requests the pastor wants us to pray:
Pray for believers in Beirut.
“Pray for the churches as they mobilize to help and to share the Gospel with those that are around us.”
For the country’s leaders.
“Our country has been going through a lot of financial difficulty even before this one. The resources are very scarce [and] the political divisions of the country have made it hard.”
Pray for those who lost loved ones.
“They need the comfort of the Lord and the hand of the Lord on their lives.”
Pray for medical needs.
“Some hospitals have closed down in the area because they have been destroyed. … The hospitals are full. There are a lot of people who have suffered injuries.”
Pray for the Gospel to spread.
“Pray that the Lord would touch lives and change lives and Christ’s name would be known and the Gospel would be known.”
Reference: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association