Let your prayers embrace Libya

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

As The Christian Science Monitor’s analysis of what’s been characterized as a civil war in Libya makes clear, the situation is shifting in a way that could split the country or leave Muammar Qaddafi in power (“Why Libya’s Qaddafi could survive like Saddam in 1991,” March 8, 2011). The government’s advanced weaponry and willingness to attack its own citizens from the air make it a fearful opponent. Efforts to spread rumors about what the Qaddafi forces are planning help to intensify fear, uncertainty, and distrust. It appears that there’s an effort to split the rebel forces and to blind them in the fog of war.

Prayer for an intelligent and healing outcome to this situation is urgently needed. The Monitor article notes that one reason rebels in Iraq didn’t end the rule of Saddam Hussein was their failure to unite their efforts.

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