Pray for the brethren in Egypt

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In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the LORD at its border. It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.

Isaiah 19:19-22

You have probably heard by now that a Christian church was bombed in Alexandria, Egypt, just after midnight Jan. 1 as worshipers left midnight mass.

Police are focusing on a local Islamist group reportedly inspired by al-Qaida. (Others, to my amusement, have blamed Israel.)

There is a house of prayer in Alexandria that sprang out from Succat Hallel in Jerusalem. Following is a report from someone in that prayer house, including a guideline for prayer.

Hi, friends.

I think by now you’ve all heard about the church bombing that took place 20 minutes into the new year. For those of who asked, here are some of my own reflections and prayer requests.

The attack was not a surprise. Yes, time and place were unknown. We were threatened 2 months ago right after the Iraqi church attack (Oct. 31st). [We were given] 2 days grace period to release 2 women who the assailants claim are converted to Islam and the church is hiding them somewhere and is torturing them. The grace [period] was over with no proper reaction from either the state or the church because basically (as far as I know), this holding and torturing issue is a false claim. [Report of threat corroborated in AINA news story.]

Four years ago, in the same church, someone burst into the church yard with a sword killing an old man, [the assailant] crying the Islamic victory cry. The case was closed and the assailant walked out free under a state claim of insanity!

Another attack took place last year on Christmas eve killing 6 Christian young fellows and the church security guy by random machine gun fire with no justice executed into the matter either.

Five years ago, we had another Christian-Muslim clash taking place near downtown in a heavily populated Christian neighborhood because of a Christian play that wasn’t supposed to reach public media, but it did, arousing strong resentment in the other group and leading to plundering of homes and shops.

To complicate the matter, the state is issuing silly explanations accusing external forces (mainly northward) to be behind the attack aiming at spurring hatred between Christian and Muslim.

Christians are really angry, vigorously angry because of delayed or no justice/silly statements. People from both sides poured out into the streets the following morning [of the New Year’s blast], rioting and fighting.

Most people I’ve talked to are confused. They don’t know what to think or how to act. As I prayed into the matter, I felt to proclaim Jesus as the King of kings; the victorious eternal King.

Prayer points (as I see it):

  1. Wisdom among Christian leadership and laity
  2. People who stand in the counsel of the Lord to hear what He wants to say, how He feels and how to pray
  3. Insight to church leaders to address the enraged and hurt young people who are reacting vigorously and blindly attacking people (who are just faces) while the fact is it’s a fueling spirit as Eph. 6:12 explains.
  4. Peace and comfort to those who suffered loss
  5. Light and truth to shine into the whole situation on all levels
  6. Expansion of God’s kingdom; mercy triumphing over judgment (in wrath remember mercy)
  7. Seeing Him as the King on the throne, having ALL under His control.

Love and peace to all.

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