A 3-Year-Old Iraqi Refugee’s Prayer

A young boy and his family found comfort in God's Word when ISIS ravaged their homeland.

Our Father in heaven,
So begins the earnest prayer of Ali,
a three-year-old Iraqi refugee living
in Southern Jordan.

May your holy name be honored;
Ali prays in a blend of Arabic and
Assyrian, just as he has heard his mother and father pray night
after night.

May your Kingdom come;
Ali’s family—followers of Jesus—fled their home in Iraq
when ISIS ravaged their village. “This was the hardest time of
our lives,” Ali’s father grieves. Yet God’s grace and peace was
tangible. “When the war came, we saw how God spared us,” he
says. “He is with us even now.”

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Although the family is grateful for the relative safety of Jordan,
Ali’s mother still dreams of a more stable childhood for her boy.
“I think of Ali’s future,” she says, “and I am filled with hope.”

Give us today the food we need.
Through Bible Society in Jordan, American Bible Society’s
generous partners provided Ali’s family with Bibles—including
a children’s Bible for Ali.

Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs
that others have done to us.
Ali’s family has lived through the horrors of war and terrorism,
but they’re finding hope in Christ as they meditate on the Word
of God. “In Iraq, we lost everything, our homes, everything,”
Ali’s father says. “But in Christ, we have everything.”

Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.
Through your faithful support, families like Ali’s find restored
hope in Jesus. “In our sadness,” Ali says, “God is our happiness.”

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