Their “weapons” are their prayers. Their biggest ally and protector? God Himself.
These are the Christians in the Middle East who are fighting the war against the ISIL on their knees, praying for God to bless and restore the land that the jihadists have taken over and defiled.
Last Friday, November 18th, tens of thousands of persecuted Christians gathered in Erbil to pray for Iraq and victory against ISIL, during an event called “Christ Day,” CBN News reported. (https://pray.interserve.org/iraqi-believers-meeting-to-pray-on-christ-day/ )”
Fabian Greche, the co-founder of the Mesopotamia House of Prayer in northern Iraq, said he believes God is far from finished with the Middle East.
“We easily get affected by darkness around us. It affects us, but if we look at Jesus and at His Word we see that God wants to pour out His Spirit. He’s coming back for a Bride and He will have one in the Middle East,” he said.
The prayer event in Erbil drew more than 20,000 Christians at the same time as Iraqi and coalition forces continued their siege of ISIL-occupied Mosul. Their prayers were broadcast throughout the Middle East by a Christian satellite network.
The six-hour prayer event marked the end of the participants’ 50 days of fasting, with many of them expressing hope that they would soon be back in their land, living peaceful lives without ISIL.
Standing together in the shape of a cross, the participants released balloons with prayers in them “as a symbol of raising prayer on behalf of the whole nation,” according to George Makeen, SAT-7 ARABIC’s programming director.
Makeen noted that many areas in Iraq have already been liberated from ISIL. However, he expects those people who have suffered violence and been gripped by fear for the past two years will face many challenges before their normal lives are restored.
“My prayer is for God’s peace and wisdom as they experience such difficult times,” he told Christianity Today.
“The country still lacks the sense of true unity and belonging,” he continued. “I pray that God will give leaders wisdom to help their people to feel that the current developments are the start of a better future.”
- Give thanks for the prayer gathering in Erbil, for the thousands of Believers who gathered together to pray and for the encouragement that this time was for so many of these displaced people.
- Pray for Iraq, that God will answer the prayers of His people and bring peace and healing to their nation, and hope for the future.
- Pray for the Iraqi Government, for wisdom and integrity as it deals with the numerous religious and political factions that seek to have influence in this country.
- Pray for many across Iraq to encounter Jesus Christ and to respond to the truth of His Gospel of grace and love.
Daniel 9 vs 17: “Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your desolated sanctuary.”