During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are Praying for Egypt
Exaggeration and rumours led to an increase in tensions between Christians and Muslims in 2010. In November, hundreds of Muslims rampaged through a Christian village, firebombing houses and businesses and injuring five people, over rumours of a romantic relationship between a Christian and a Muslim. Christians face much discrimination and churches are strictly regulated. Muslim-background believers are rejected socially and culturally. However, there is a new openness to the gospel through satellite TV and Christian Arabic websites.
In February 2011 President Mubarak stepped down in the wake of mass protests. Christians face an uncertain future.
Speaking with an Open Doors worker in Egypt after the fall of the Mubarak regime, his first words were:
”This is exactly an answer to all of our prayers of the past week. We rejoice with the Egyptian people that we have freedom. We hope that the military will allow us to organize parliamentary elections in an orderly way and we hope that the democratic forces will win. This is a new day in the history of Egypt. We are filled with joy.”
He expressed hope concerning the extra effort by the Egyptian Church to reach out to people living in the slums of Cairo. He also asked for prayer for a new open-minded and secular government.
Answers to Prayer
The Church has endured nearly 2,000 years of discrimination and persecution yet retains its spiritual vitality and strength. The name “The Church of the Martyrs” has been earned. The last 20 years have seen an intensification of suffering, but there is a lot of life in all branches of the Church.
- For the future of the Christian community in Egypt, that they will be free to live and worship in peace.
- That the government would allow free and fair elections to take place
- That peace and political stability will quickly be restored