We are Called ‘For Such a Time as This!”

Feb 13, 2011 No Comments by

The Jordan News reporting on the historic events in Egypt quoted remarks by Arab League chief Amre Moussa who said on CNN, “The winds of change are sweeping the Middle East.” He added that he did not know what direction those winds might go, or their extent, but they were there.

Before Egypt, weeks earlier a young man set himself on fire in Tunisia. Weeks later the Tunisian government was gone and the Egyptians were inspired.

“Many Arab governments are worried, and they should be worried,” said Fouad Ajami, a Lebanese-born scholar and expert on Middle East affairs. “They treat their people badly. They brutalise them. They plunder the money. There’s no social contract in many of these states, and I think they have every right to be worried.”

Analysts are suggesting a myriad of possibilities couldimpact post-Mubarak Egypt. Their greatest fear is that the well-organised but not so popular Moslem Brotherhood will try and fill the vacuum and eventually impose Sharia Law. A dreadful out of the frying pan into the fire thought!

But right now the Arab world seems to be ready for the Esther factor. Who will approach the King on behalf of the people? At least in Egypt the strong man is gone and the climate is right for intercession.

But there are signs, Tunisia and Egypt may be just the beginning. The people have shown eagerness for freedom by protesting in Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Jordan and even tentatively in Saudi Arabia. A group of Saudi opposition activists said Thursday they asked the nation’s king for the right to form a political party in a rare challenge to the absolute power of the ruling dynasty. King Abdullah II in Jordan responded to the peoples protests by removing senior cabinet members.

Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians defied government warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital Saturday. The opposition said demonstrators’ bold defiance of a long-standing ban on public protests in Algiers marked a turning point.

Yemen is fast becoming a home away from home for al Qaeda terrorists. President Ali Abdullah Saleh responded to the Yemeni public angst with the Mubarak tactic – he promised not to run for re-election.

One of the major influences for peace in Egypt was the military decision to protect the people. In other countries the military protects the dictators and hold the public protest at bay, an extremely lethal situation.

Protests in Iran were silenced by the Revolutionary Guards and enforced by government crackdowns.

In biblical terms, we have been called into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Right now Christians should put aside their doctrinal debates and petty issues. It is time to join the action where the Holy Spirit is on the move.

I am reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place’

Intercessory Prayer is the call on us right now. No sense ringing our hands in fear and anxiety and joining the world media in the what-if game. Now is the time to follow the examples of Abraham, Moses, Daniel and Esther by standing in the gap for the oppressed in the Arab world.

It is time for Christians everywhere to be part of this divine opportunity. We can be so animated and involved with this Day of Opportunity that God Himself will reveal all to us in the most intimate and personal way. Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.”

Prayer is a vital part of our role as Christians. 1Timothy 2:1 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men.”

How to pray:
• Pray that the opportunities in the Arab world bring freedom and openness for the people.
• Right now those raised in the Arab World consider Issa (Jesus) to be only a prophet. Pray ‘the truth will set them free.’
• Pray the hunger for truth will continue and Arabs living under dictatorial tyranny will stand for their God-given rights.
John 10:10 remains a key to the Middle East battle. “The Devil comes to steal, kill, maim and destroy but Jesus came that they may have life and that life abundantly.”
If that was why He came, then those of us who say we are His followers should be standing with Him in this divine mission.

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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