Praying for nations: Eastern Mediterranean

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This is the third and final part on our series on praying for the nations. Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel gave a prayer direction last week that concerned the United Nations, Iran and the nations of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This post will cover the nations of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Part one covered the United Nations, and part two covered Iran and the Arab world.

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The previous ‘Praying for the nations’ post details a vision Rick Ridings had concerning the Middle East. It began:

Ridings saw two big cobras, one rising over Egypt and another over Turkey. They were rearing up and flaring their hoods to intimidate. As they weaved and hissed threateningly, they cast shadows over the nations bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The cobra in Turkey tried to swallow Cyprus. (Read the rest of the vision.)

The prime minister of Turkey has gotten progressively more belligerent in the past year, not just toward Israel, but toward Cyprus and even Greece. It’s gotten bad enough that some in Europe are expressing their concern.

In a piece titled “New battle over Mediterranean gas“, Lawrence Solomon of the Financial Post explains briefly the history of Turkey’s antagonism toward Greece and Cyprus and how new energy finds and subsequent alliances are emboldening Turkey to bully her neighbors. Highly suggest you read the whole article.

The gist is that both Cyprus and Israel have found natural gas off their coasts and Greece jumped at the opportunity to partner with Israel, who has ambitions to export the energy into Europe. Turkey, now, is now sending exploration ships near Cyprus accompanied by military escorts.

Turkey has even had the chutzpah to claim a Greek island for itself. Solomon writes:

Turkey, meanwhile, has been exploring in Greek waters, and, to everyone’s surprise, claimed sovereignty over Gavdos, a tiny Greek island near the major Greek island of Crete and far from the Turkish mainland. Turkish possession of Gavdos, population 98, would transfer much of Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone to Turkey.

Look at the map below and notice where Gavdos is in relation to Turkey and Greece. (Check out Wikipedia for a little more on the Turkish-Greek conflict over Cyprus.)

How to pray

In Genesis 9:26-27, Noah speaks over his sons, and of Japheth he says: “May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem.” We find out in Genesis 10:12 that Shem is the ancestor of all the sons of Eber, from which come the Hebrews.

In Genesis 10:1-5, we see Javan is one of the sons of Japheth. Javan is considered the ancestor of the Greek peoples. Kittim, one of Javan’s sons, is sometimes associated with Cyprus (as well as other island and seafaring peoples of the region).

So, we pray for the Greece-Cyprus-Israel alliance based on these verses, that the sons of Japheth dwell in the tents of Israel (as well as Genesis 12:2-3, that God blesses those who bless Israel).

We also pray against the unholy alliances in the region, in this context, namely Turkey with Iran and Syria. Psalm 83 speaks of a regional alliance with the aim of wiping Israel from memory:

“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

Many of the Arab ancestors are listed in this Psalm, including Assyria and the people of Tyre. In modern terms, that would encompass Turkey, Iran and Syria, among others.

Note verse 16:

Cover their faces with shame, LORD, so that they will seek your name.
In Your justice, LORD, remember mercy. Our God is full of amnesty for the repentant. Do what Jonah would not (at first): actively seek and rejoice in the repentance of the Assyrians.
Prayer — Psalm 83
O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants.

Do to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
who perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.
Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God.”

Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
Cover their faces with shame, LORD,
so that they will seek your name.

May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
may they perish in disgrace.
Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—
that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

3 thoughts on “Praying for nations: Eastern Mediterranean

  1. Incredibly interesting. Thanks for posting the maps as you know my geography is….well…yeah. Thank you for the direction on how to pray. Abba bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you.

  2. Toda rabah, Carino. This is of such stragetic importance; I had no inkling of the whole importance prophetically as told in Psalm 83. Thank you so very, very much for this and how expertly you have put it together !! It now makes so much more sense to see in the Blessed Holy Spirit how to pray.

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