A South African prayer for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine

Lord Jesus Christ

You grew up in the Holy Land during a time of Roman occupation

And in the midst of that occupation you gave your followers a new vision

Not of an earthly kingdom

But a kingdom beyond space and time

A kingdom of justice, peace and reconciliation

Where righteousness will flourish.

Look upon all your people in Palestine

And as you heard our prayers for an end to unjust rule in South Africa

Give them also that peace, justice and reconciliation that you desire for them.

Give them boldness and courage

Occupy their hearts and minds with your faith, hope and love

To withstand the forces of evil

And strengthen them with your Holy Spirit

To proclaim your peace over Jerusalem

And your justice over all your people.

For the sake of him who was born, crucified, risen and ascended in Palestine.

Amen

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