Encouragement From The Word

Praying for the middle east

We have witnessed  the unfolding of events in Egypt this week in ‘real time’ – that is, the news stations have reported what has happened as it has happened.  The technology that is available today is truly remarkable, allowing us to see what is going on literally half-way around the world as it is happening.  We really do live in a global village.

Sir Sandford Fleming, the Scottish Canadian who invented Standard Time, was himself invented by the God we serve – so even though Egyptians’ watches and clocks are several hours ahead of ours, when we see live footage on television, we can pray for the people of Egypt in ‘real time’.  We can pray for their safety and security, for the avoidance of looting and violence, for political stability.  We can pray for Egyptians in their moment of need.

And we can pray for their loved ones in faraway places, like Canada.    There are many Egyptian Christians in Canada who are praying alongside us, seeking God’s peace for that nation.

The news has been reporting on what we might call ‘aftershocks’ of the Egyptian turmoil that are happening in Yemen.  With all this trouble in the middle east, some may be wondering what the future holds.  None of us knows.  But we do know the One who holds the future!  So commit it all to the care of our God, who has his best planned for his people, and who will look after the needs of people all around the world.  Cry out to God for the troubled nations of the middle east.  He will hear, and respond in his way and in his time.

4 Let the whole world sing for joy,
      because you govern the nations with justice
      and guide the people of the whole world.
                         Interlude

 5 May the nations praise you, O God.
      Yes, may all the nations praise you.
 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests,
      and God, our God, will richly bless us.

Psalm 67.4-6, NLT

God’s best as you pray.

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