Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Prayer for Egypt

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. (Proverbs 21:1)

Dear God, creator and sustainer of our planet…

It took me a week to realize that you might be at work in Egypt.

I claim to believe in a BIG God, that your hand directs world events, but I’m reluctant to go there. Spiritual interpretation of geopolitics can be a slippery slope. It’s beyond our understanding.

For now, I will fervently pray that you are on the case. It appears to be your work: regime change without war. That’s not the way we usually do it. Remarkable. Praise God!

In this ancient land of eighty million people - once a center of Christianity - may freedom, democracy and justice take root.

I pray that it will not be derailed.
I pray that peace with Israel will be maintained.
I pray that your church in Egypt will be unshackled.
I pray that Christians and Muslims will find common ground.
I pray that this progress will be contagious in the region.

In the powerful and empowering name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Illustration credit: Coptic Orthodox Cross & Icon of Saint Mark, apostolic founder of the Church of Alexandria