Pray for Sri Lanka After Easter Bombings

Pray through Psalm 22 as we ask God to bring comfort to those who are hurting

On Easter Sunday, more than 320 people were killed and 500 were injured in 8 coordinated attacks throughout Sri Lanka. At St. Sebastian’s Easter mass, families lined the pews as they sang hymns celebrating Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. But in an instant, a bomb tore everything apart.

In other churches and three hotels across Sri Lanka, more bombs exploded.

Hundreds of those targeted during the attacks were Christians. Knowing our brothers and sisters died in this way can seem incomprehensible. How could God let someone murder his children on the very day we celebrate his triumph over death and evil?

The Lord Saves His People

This kind of questioning can linger in our hearts and minds. King David asked similar questions in God’s Word. In Psalm 22, he asks God, “Why have you abandoned me?” And yet, in that same lament to God, David says, “I will praise you” and claims that future generations will worship God and say, “The Lord saves his people.”

And that truth remains: The Lord saves his people. Even when his people are murdered. Even when the innocent perish. Even when it seems like violence and evil triumphs.

Those who died on Sunday met Jesus face-to-face that day. To those of us still on earth, he gives us his love to share with others. And he grants forgiveness to anyone who asks—even to people like Saul who murder God’s people.

As we mourn the loss of our brothers and sister in Sri Lanka, we can thank God that death is not the end. We can trust in his triumph over death and evil. And we can come together to pray for those who are hurting in Sri Lanka right now.

How You Can Pray

The Ceylon Bible Society—our ministry partner working in Sri Lanka—covets your prayers. They’re asking for you to pray for them right now.

Here’s how you can pray:

  • Pray for religious peace, unity, and harmony—and that church services will continue. Many Sri Lankans fear another attack at any moment. The thought of stepping foot into a church building may fill them with dread.
  • Pray for all acts of suspicion and violence to cease. After terror attacks, people often grown suspicious of each other—even their own neighbors.
  • Pray for all who are grieving to find healing in God’s Word through the trauma healing program in Sri Lanka. People lost parents, siblings, best friends, and spouses on Sunday. Others who survived are contending with life-altering injuries.

As we pray for Sri Lanka, let’s read through portions of Psalm 22 together:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

I have cried desperately for help,

but still it does not come.

During the day I call to you, my God,

but you do not answer;

I call at night,

but get no rest.

But you are enthroned as the Holy One,

the one whom Israel praises.
Our ancestors put their trust in you;

they trusted you, and you saved them.

They called to you and escaped from danger;

they trusted you and were not disappointed.

O Lord, don’t stay away from me!
Come quickly to my rescue!
Save me from the sword;
save my life from these dogs.
Rescue me from these lions; I am helpless before these wild bulls.

I will tell my people what you have done;
I will praise you in their assembly:
“Praise him, you servants of the Lord!
Honor him, you descendants of Jacob!
Worship him, you people of Israel!
He does not neglect the poor or ignore their suffering;
he does not turn away from them,
but answers when they call for help.”

In the full assembly I will praise you for what you have done;
in the presence of those who worship you
I will offer the sacrifices I promised.
The poor will eat as much as they want;
those who come to the Lord will praise him.
May they prosper forever!

All nations will remember the Lord.
From every part of the world they will turn to him;
all races will worship him.
The Lord is king,
and he rules the nations.

All proud people will bow down to him;
all mortals will bow down before him.
Future generations will serve him;
they will speak of the Lord to the coming generation.
People not yet born will be told:
“The Lord saved his people.”

Psalm 22:1-5, 19-31 (GNTD)

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