Today’s headline in Egypt reads: At least 51 killed in Egypt as Islamists urge defiance.
How are we to pray about the coup that overthrew democratically elected President Morsi? We certainly have mixed feelings. He was quickly imposing Sharia law on all Egyptians and unleashed a greater permissiveness for attacking Coptic Christians. Yet, he was elected in Egypt’s first free election in modern history.
The answer to my question is not to reason out a position. We have a certain simple clarity: Pray God’s will. I don’t mean pray a prayer that says: “God, I pray that your will be done.” Rather, we must learn what His will actually is about Egypt, and then agree with God. This brings me to my title.
Prophetic or Pathetic? In January 1990, it was my privilege to attend the International Prophetic Intercessors Conference in Jerusalem. Until then, even though I was a pastor of a healthy church, I did not really like intercessors all that much. They seemed somewhat pathetic to me. Too often the tone of their prayers was a whiny sort of begging. It was as if their faith required demonstration of their unworthiness to dare ask God for help. Or as one Scripture suggests, that they would be heard for their abundance of words.
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matthew 6:7
But I got a completely different perspective from a message by Lance Lambert at that 1990 Jerusalem conference. So what is the basis of a believer’s intercession? Pray the Bible! It is simply to find out what God intends to do and then agree with it in prayer. For example, I have led a weekly meeting for about ten years called The Issachar Forum: A Prophetic Think Tank. Our goal is to equip believers to pray into God’s will with confidence, because we know His intentions. We stand on this verse.
From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NLT
We desire to be sons and daughters of Issachar who “understand the times” and know what God wants. Think about it. Sometimes you have prayed without a clue. How much more authority do you have when you are confident of God’s revealed purpose?
Therefore, when we pray about Egypt at this critical time, we open our Bibles to Isaiah 19 and conform our prayers into agreement with this amazing “Arab Spring” chapter. Political implications are irrelevant. I commented on this last week, and also gave an eight step outline of the “Arab Spring” prophecy in my May 3, 2013 commentary: Yehovah Rides Into Egypt.
The surest way to get our prayers answered is to pray in agreement with what Yehovah God has already revealed. Amen!
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)