Egyptian Christians Call For Prayer, Fasting
SANTA ANA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2012) – Christian leaders have set Oct. 1-3 for urgent, united prayer for Egypt and selection of the next Coptic Orthodox Church Pope.
A nationwide call for the Egyptian church to unite in fasting and prayers was announced in Egypt on Sept. 22. The Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical church leadership are calling all Christians of Egypt to fast and pray next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, Christians are urged to gather in churches across the country to pray to for two specific requests:
For God to save and protect Egypt from every evil and cause all falseness to be unveiled.
For God to select and anoint the next Orthodox Church Pope, who will be chosen soon to lead the Coptic Church in unity and with a clear vision.
“The significance of the call to prayer comes from the desperate urgency we Egyptian Christians feel as we see the developments that are taking place in our country, and the many concerns we have about the future,” says a Christian leader who has been blogging from Egypt. “Where is Egypt going? A simple, big question, yet left with no concrete answer.
“The political, social, economic and religious situation in Egypt today does not indicate we are proceeding towards stability. Just to see the increased influence of Islamist groups has already scared away many Christians and has stolen peace from their hearts.
“It’s indeed, a time to cry out in the name of our Father. We need to fast and pray, seeking God’s face to shine on our nation, renewing our strength and motivating us to reflect the bright shining face of Jesus to our fellow Egyptians.”
The Christian blogger adds that Egyptian Christians need the prayer support of all believers.
“I urge our brothers and sisters worldwide to join us in fasting and fervent prayer next week,” he states. “It has become obvious that the coming days may bring upon us more suffering, pressure and pain by the ruling majority — if not on an official basis, it is certainly being felt daily in many aspects.”
Egypt is ranked No. 15 on the Open Doors 2012 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
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