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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Negotiations and Power of Prayer

Diplomatic Negotiations at the UN for Syria

BBC News reports that over "200,000 Syrians have been killed since the country erupted into civil war in 2011, and Islamic State took control of swathes of the country in 2014."

Mr. Assad stands accused of "indiscriminate bombing in rebel-held areas" whereby his own people suffered tremendous loss of life and property. Due to this issue, Leaders of France, England, and the United States have not been willing to negotiate any kind of peace deal that included Assad remaining in power, a stand resisted by Russian President Putin. Now, because of the intensity of the refugee situation, "European leaders gathering at the UN are intensifying calls for a diplomatic push in Syria," with the possibility of Assad temporarily remaining in power during a transition as a compromise to enlist fuller cooperation.

In the book of Hebrews, Paul writes of faith and its power to procure justice. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for" (Hebrews 11:1). 

32 And what more shall I say? Paul asks. "I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies" (11:32-34).


While most of us cannot personally appear in the UN to argue our insights or ideas, yet we can exercise our presence for good through prayerful realization of the omnipresence of God, Love, Spirit, there in the midst. Our individual and collective power of faith in the attributes of justice and mercy in operation through the higher Law of God is present to affect and influence the negotiations and outcome in fairness and wisdom. 

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