The U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan had different original goals originally – the establishment of a threefold cord – Western democracy, a solid economy and a pro-Western military power. This week all three of those pillars have shattered with jihadi group ISIS taking control of Mosul and with the Iraqi government turning to Iran for help.
We as prayer leaders must beware to not just pray into “the tyranny of the urgent,” and we must not just use a shotgun approach in this era of information overload. Rather than just praying in response to the flood of news coming our way, we need to learn to enter into the “council of the Lord” like Daniel, one of the greatest intercessors of the Bible. Daniel was a man who understood the times and the seasons. Rick Ridings and others see a convergence of three factors which, taken together, would seem to say that the Lord is drawing our attention to be alert and seeking His counsel as to how we should pray in these “hinge years” of 2014/2015.
Russia has successfully neutralized the United Nations. With its veto in the Security Council, the U.N. will do nothing to save Syrian lives. Who does the U.S. have on its side? Perhaps France, and a few mealy-mouthed Arab dictators — like Saudi Arabia. The duel between the U.S. and Russia went into full swing Thursday, as the G20 met.
One of the Biblical names for Jerusalem is Zion and it means signpost – we might say highway sign or even billboard. There is much flashing across the sign right now as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume after a three-year stall. In light of current events, I want to share some points that have stood out to me as well as some points to consider and watch.
As the United Nations announced that 93,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, the United States announced that it is ready to arm the Syrian rebels. Russia is vocally upset the US is leaving jets and missiles in Jordan, which some say could be used for a no-fly zone in Syria (much like was done to aid Libya’s ultimately victorious revolutionaries).