In response to the recent escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Acting Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev. Bronwen Boswell, has issued a heartfelt call to prayer. The conflict has once again erupted into a devastating clash, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. Israeli leaders have issued declarations of war and revenge, and the situation is dire.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) expresses deep sorrow and shock at the continuing violence in a conflict that has seen much bloodshed over the years. The call to prayer extends to all affected, with a plea for the Holy Spirit to intervene and bring calm and reason in a time when vengeance and hatred seem to have taken hold.

The message also highlights the importance of praying for those working on the front lines of this crisis, including mission co-workers and partners who risk their safety to seek solutions and provide care in a region overwhelmed by suffering. Our prayer is for leaders on both sides to step back and consider a peaceful and just solution that benefits all, even in the face of ongoing challenges.

As the conflict unfolds, the church seeks divine guidance and peace, recognizing that God’s presence is needed in the midst of destruction and suffering. We pray for a peaceful resolution and a call for God’s calming voice and guiding hand in the midst of turmoil.