The US attempted to host meetings between Azerbaijan and Armenia to negotiate a pathway towards peace and agreement on land. However, Azerbaijan refused to attend, saying that the US was biased towards Armenia and that the US was not welcome in Azerbaijan for the same reason. Pray for God’s wisdom to prevail. Pray that the hand of war and strife will be held back, allowing for a peaceful solution between the two nations without loss of life. Pray that those who would seek conflict would be silenced. As we welcome the Prince of Peace into the world this Christmas season, welcome the Prince of Peace into Azerbaijan and Armenia (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6).
The UN Secretary-General reported being highly concerned by the increase in the number of grave violations committed against children in Mali. More than half the population of Mali is under the age of 18. About a third of them live in areas affected by armed conflict. These violations include the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming, attacks on schools and hospitals, abduction, and denial of humanitarian access. Displaced minors are at risk of being separated from their families. UNICEF also estimates that two million children are out of school due to insecurity, poverty, child labor, early marriages, or the absence of schools. Pray for children and youngsters suffering disproportionately under the ongoing crisis.
Pray for the rulers to seek God’s wisdom to restore order in the nation (The Bible, Exodus 20:13).