Those who belong to Jesus have the privilege of being able to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Is a greater privilege possible? Through Christ, we can speak directly with the God of the universe. We can approach him with confidence, because our standing with God does not depend on our own goodness, but on Christ’s. He has already won all the mercy and grace we need, for every situation, if we are putting our trust in him. This is a great comfort—but it’s not only for us. Everyone who believes is a member of the body of Christ, together, and “if one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
Today, right now, suffering has come for believers caught in the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan. This is a time of great need for them. And today, right now, you can approach the throne of grace, so that they may receive mercy and find grace in their time of need. We can also approach the same throne on behalf of those in need who are not believers, in confidence that our God “has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9), and “desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
To help you pray more specifically for the situation in Afghanistan and all the people who are affected by it, here are two helpful resources:
This article from Open Doors includes an overview of the situation and prayer requests for those who are particularly vulnerable.
This article from 9Marks includes specific requests from pastors on the ground in Afghanistan.