Popular New York City megachurches the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Time Square Church called on their members to pray for Afghanistan.
“In the midst of the turmoil and suffering in the nation of Afghanistan now, we ask you to please join us in prayer for the Afghan people," The Brooklyn Tabernacle, led by Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala, shared on Instagram Wednesday.
"Help us pray also for wisdom for our government leaders; God’s protection over the humanitarian workers there, our troops, and everyone who is waiting to leave the country; and especially that the gospel of peace may spread and change hearts, bringing comfort and peace to the people of Afghanistan and throughout our world."
Times Square Church Senior Pastor Tim Dilena shared in a video about how believers can rise and “pray for our brothers and sisters around the world during these difficult times.”
Times Square Church is called to be "a church for the nations."
“When something tragic happens around the world, we feel it deeply," Dilena said. "From the riots in South Africa to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti that has taken 1,300 lives and now the chaos and devastation in Afghanistan."
Darlene Zschech, a world-renowned worship leader and pastor of One Hope Unlimited Church with locations in Australia, America and India, also beckoned her church members to pray by sharing a photo of Afghans crammed on a plane seeking refuge on Instagram.
“Afghanistan. The desperation that this pic represents is hard to see, and what the people left behind will face is even harder to comprehend, so let’s continue to take time daily to PRAY," the "In Jesus Name" singer wrote. "For even though there’s much we cannot do, partnering with God in prayer is something we CAN do. Let’s go."