Order a Prayer Lantern Day 5: pray for SYRIA The Syrian civil war began as a popular uprising in 2011, with demands for increased political liberties and economic reforms. However the roots of the conflict are deeper and more complicated, and include class conflict, rural versus urban divisions, and repressed political liberty.The Syrian opposition is increasingly “Islamizing” and the civil war continues to take the form of a jihad against the Syrian government. In the conflict, all Syrians are suffering greatly, but some groups are in a more vulnerable position than others. One of the main features of Syria’s Christian population is its combined ethnic and religious identity. The geographical concentration of Christians in strategic areas of the country that are vital to both the government and the opposition’s war efforts is an important factor in their vulnerability, as is their alleged support for the government.PRAY Pray for the justice of Christ to draw the oppressed people of Syria to Him.Pray that Syrian Christians would boldly minister to those suffering around them. Pray for Christian Syrian refugees who now find themselves in countries like Somalia.READ Psalm 82:3Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.