Five years ago, on November 10-11, 2011, churches from many denominations in Egyptian gathered for 12 hours of prayer. They prayed fervently for their country, seeking God’s grace to bring Egyptians to a saving knowledge of Christ. Egypt was passing through a dark tunnel under the heavy influence of radical Islamic groups at the time. They cried out to the Father to save Egypt from chaos, and their prayers were heard and answered in many ways.
Once again, on Nov. 10-11 of this year, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day, Christians from all denominations in Egypt are being called to gather with a united voice to pray for their nation. This massive call to gather and pray is the Egyptian church’s response to the challenges that are facing the country and the church in these days.
On the same day, the Muslim Brotherhood is urging Egyptians to flood the streets with demonstrations against the Egyptian government and administration, citing the economic crisis as motivation for the protests. As the church looks on, however, they see the underlying aim of this radical movement being chaos and destruction.
Five years ago, the challenges facing the church in Egypt were not that different from the challenges facing the church today. November 10-11, they will pray for relief for the economic crisis that has made life so difficult for multitudes of Egyptians. They will also pray for the complicated political, social, and security situations facing the nation and its leaders. The location of this vast prayer meeting will not be announced until a couple of days before the event for security reasons.
This coming Sunday, November 6, Christians around the globe will gather to pray for the persecuted church. Please join us on International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church to pray for and with fellow Christians—in Egypt and beyond—who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ.
Thank You, Father, for the desire of Christians in Egypt to gather as one body before You to pray for their nation. Use this time to increase the unity of their churches. We pray for Your Holy Spirit to surround them in a hedge of protection against terrorist attacks and the plots of extremist groups. We pray with fellow Christians in Egypt that, in this time when everyone is looking for hope, their eyes will be opened to see Jesus—the Way, the Truth and the Life—and turn to Him in faith. And we thank You for our own call to gather for prayer on Nov. 6. During these troubled times around the world, may these prayers rise before Your throne as incense. In the name of Jesus, who is gathering His church from peoples of all nations and tribes. Amen.