By Emily Watt | 19 February 2020
Egypt | Church Calls Us To Pray With Them, Not For Them
In Egypt, Christians are seeking your prayers. But what they’re asking you to pray may not be what you expect. In this country, which ranks 17 on the World Watch List, the church is praying a bold prayer.
An Open Doors worker attended a large prayer meeting in Cairo, where more than 800 Christians, mostly young, prayed for their nation to come to Christ.
The Open Doors worker asked the pastor how Western Christians could pray for their brothers and sisters in Egypt. The pastor responded by saying:
"Please don't pray for us. Please pray with us."
"If you pray for us, you will pray for the wrong things," the pastor said. "You will pray that the church will be safe. You will pray for persecution to cease. We are not praying for these things. We ask God for the salvation of Egypt. We ask that he draw millions of Muslims to Christ. We ask that we will be bold and clear in sharing our faith with Muslims."
"And we pray that when the inevitable persecution comes… that we will not run away, that we will be faithful in that persecution even if it costs us our lives. Will you tell your friends to pray these prayers with us?”
Image: Believers at a church service in the south of Egypt.
The persecuted church is calling the Western church to pray 'with' them, not 'for' them.
- Pray with the persecuted church, for their nations to come to know Christ.
- Pray with believers in Egypt, that they will be bold in sharing the gospel.
- Pray that the Western church will continue to pray 'with' the persecuted church.
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