Friday, 4 February 2011

Prayer for Egypt

My dear friends,

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today we remember the words of the Lord our God: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

As we all ask questions that appear to have no answer, we must remember that, as quoted above, God already has the answer, and that is one based on His unchanging heart towards us; the answer is one of peace, a future and hope. Our hearts and thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in Egypt, so let us raise those hearts to God today, asking peace and direction for all in Egypt, knowing that we are all in God’s hands, and remembering the reassuring words of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

Asking protection for the protestors, restraint for the army and police, wisdom for those in power, and peace and protection for the whole blessed land, let us pray today with peace in our hearts, and power and confidence in our God, knowing that He is always faithful in all His promises.

Raising my heart and hands with you today, I leave you in the love and care of our gracious Lord.

+Bishop Angaelos
General Bishop
Coptic Orthodox Church
United Kingdom

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