Date: October 2, 2021
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:11-12)
Psalms of lament like Psalm 77 give us a helpful framework for praying through times of trouble. As well as bringing our distress before the Lord, they teach us to bring to mind the answered prayers of the past and remember the goodness of our almighty God.
Use this verse to shape your prayers for Myanmar/Burma this week.
‘The world needs to act’
Eight months since the army seized power in the 1 February coup, communities across Myanmar continue to suffer grave human rights violations at the hands of the military.
Please pray for the family and church of Pastor Cung Biak Hum, a Baptist pastor who was killed by soldiers in Chin state on 18 September as he tried to help extinguish a fire. The blaze had been caused by artillery fire, which destroyed 19 homes in the Thantlang township.
Tom Andrews, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Myanmar, described the attack and the murder of Pastor Cung Biak Hum as ‘the latest examples of the living hell being delivered daily by junta forces against the people of Myanmar. The world needs to pay closer attention. More importantly, the world needs to act.’
As well as crying out against this injustice in prayer, you can also take action by writing to the Foreign Secretary and calling for a global arms embargo against the Myanmar military.
An Evening with CSW
Be encouraged that your prayers, campaigning and gifts are changing lives all over the world. At ‘An Evening with CSW’ on 5 October, we’re inviting you to hear directly from people from Pakistan and Sudan whose lives have been impacted thanks to your support.
This online event is only a few days away, so make sure you sign up today!
In summary, please pray:
- That God will comfort and sustain the family, church and community of Pastor Cung Biak Hum as they come to terms with their loss.
- Pray protection over the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee their homes due to airstrikes, violence and ongoing oppression at the hands of the military regime.
- For increased international pressure on the Myanmar military, which will lead to the end of the military coup and the restoration of democracy, justice and peace.