Ferrar: 29 June 2012

BC-HOP PRAYER WATCH: As the powers of Egypt shake, let Christ arise as Savior and Champion

One year ago a massive public uprising forced Hosni Mubarak to step down as president. Now Egypt has elected a radical Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, to take power alongside of the radical Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament. The MB agenda is to impose shariah law, strip away freedom of religion, and destroy Israel. But we cannot be sure that the MB will be able to hold onto power. Two days before the presidential election, Egypt’s highest court—which was appointed by Mubarak—ruled that the parliamentary elections six months ago were invalid, and so dissolved Parliament. The next day the ruling military council locked down the Parliament building and claimed the sole right to make laws. MB members called this action a coup and vowed to ignore the ruling and hold Parliament meetings anyway.

The court also ruled that Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, could stay in the runoff presidential race, striking down Parliament’s ban against his candidacy. Shafiq promised to be a new strongman who would restore a secure police state and prevent an Islamist takeover. So many Egyptians were disgusted with the choice between a radical Islamist and a Mubarak henchman that only 15% showed up to vote. When the MB’s Morsi won, the military rulers defied him by issuing an interim constitution giving them control over the national budget and immunity from any oversight. And Mubarak, sentenced on June 2 to life in prison for the killings of protesters against his rule, suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness on Tuesday, just at the peak of the struggle over his succession. “It is very Shakespearean,” said one analyst. “…He does not want to hear the name of his successor.”

Meanwhile leaders of last year’s mass demonstrations launched more protests in the streets. Israelis face the prospect of a formerly peaceful southern neighbor now joining nearby Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas in vowing Israel’s destruction. The 13% of Egyptians who are Coptic Christians, and who have suffered multiple Muslim-incited and state-condoned massacres and church bombings since Mubarak stepped down, fear much worse persecution under an Islamist MB regime.

We must remember the Lord’s yet-to-be-fulfilled promise, that Egypt “will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. The Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day…” (Isa. 19:20-21; see the rest of the Scripture below). Let us pray that He will begin to fulfill that promise now.

PRAY WITH US: Father God, we give all honor, all glory, and all power to You. We declare You sovereign over the nations and thank You for making Your Son Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords. We know that You are allowing Egypt to be shaken, so that only what cannot be shaken will ultimately stand. We declare the neither the oppressive military nor the oppressive Muslim Brotherhood will stand for long in Egypt. We join the persecuted Christians who “cry to the Lord because of oppressors.” Show many more Egyptians that You are their only Savior and Champion so they will cry to You too. Show them that the spirit behind both the military agenda and the MB agenda is determined to steal and kill and destroy what rightfully belongs to You. Deliver them from these evils, and make Your good will known to those who receive You as their King and Lord. Fulfill Your prophetic word that Egypt will be Your people. Make them witnesses to other Muslims throughout the world that the Son of man is the Son of God and the only way to the Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Isa. 19:23-25: “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria [present-day Iraq], and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.'”