The world is sad when we hear of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. His life was taken from him in his private home in the early morning hours of today’s July 7th, 2021. According to the New York Times, his wife Martine Moïse was also shot dead in the attack.
The same article states: “‘A group of unidentified people, some of whom speak Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic, mortally wounding the head of state,'” the Prime Minister said, but little solid information was available on who could have committed the assassination. “
According to the Washington Post, “the 11 million Caribbean nation (Haiti) has been gripped by months of escalating political instability and increasing gang violence. Mo.se, 53, dissolved parliament in January 2020 and ruled by decree when opponents and protesters demanded that he dismount. “News sources are still unsure which group led the attack on the president as no group has stepped forward is.
However, we do know what language the group spoke. According to Christian headlines, “Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph confirmed the assassination on Wednesday, calling it a” hideous, inhuman and barbaric act. “Joseph added that the armed men were” foreigners who spoke English and Spanish. ” Creole and French are the official languages of Haiti. “
Christians around the world can only imagine the fear our brothers and sisters in Christ in Haiti may experience, and the pain and loss the Moïse family is currently suffering. Together we mourn, we comfort and raise the land of Haiti to the Lord
Below are some prayers for the Moïse family and for the country.
A prayer for the Moïse family
Lord Jesus, you are close to the broken. As this situation develops, we pray for the Moïse family. We can only imagine the sadness in their hearts when someone so loved is taken from them. We pray for Martine’s treatment and healing and recovery and that you will bring that comfort and encouragement from the family in the days to come. Jesus, sometimes there are no words to express our sadness. We only know that you are a God of justice and mercy and that you also hurt when we hurt. Amen.
A prayer for Haiti as they experience this national tragedy
Heavenly Father, I can only imagine the fear many of my brothers and sisters in Christ are in Haiti right now. They may listen carefully to the radio to get the news and likely raise prayers to you for comfort and guidance. I ask you to bring them peace in uncertainty. Remind them that you are always with them, even in the darkest valley. Show us how we can now help our brothers and sisters in Haiti not only through our prayers but also through our actions. Amen.
A prayer for the uncertainty of the situation
Lord, when a nation encounters a tragic situation, it can often take a while for all of the details to emerge. We pray that those facing uncertainty now will hold on to you. Because you are our hope, our healer, our provider. Give people a peace that goes beyond understanding and soon let clarity and light come into the situation. Amen.
A prayer for justice and peace
Jesus, so much pain has hit the land of Haiti. We know that you are both a God of mercy and a God of justice. We ask you to be present in this situation and to pass your judgment on these heinous acts. Amen.
A prayer for Haiti to grow in the gospel
Lord Jesus, make Haiti new, a land where the seeds of the gospel are planted and divine fruits grow into a rich harvest. And make us new every day of our lives so that we remain in you for your honor and our joy.
Let us keep the Moïse family and the nation of Haiti in our prayers as the details of the situation continue to unravel. Obnoxious acts like this can shake us to the core and scare us. But it is at these moments that we must remember to cling to the Lord and lift up those who are hurt and frightened.
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