Fearless prayer for North Africa and the Middle East

Only a few months ago, a flame of revolution was lit in Tunisia that has engulfed a large part of North Africa and the Middle East. Tunisia and Egypt captured the headlines first; other nations followed. As this article goes to press, Libya is still at war; Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iran have taken repressive actions against protesters. Refugees have gathered in the thousands, and are being helped by humanitarian agencies.

Each country’s situation is unique, but there are some key issues that have been identified over and over again as universal points that need to be addressed. Prayer about these issues can do much to guide these quests for freedom and to lift peoples and their nations to a higher standpoint and greater freedom than before.

Many of the people engaged in the revolutions have shown remarkable courage under extraordinary conditions. Our prayers need to be equally fearless on behalf of justice, peace, honesty, and love for all humanity. Fear is an element not only within the North African and Middle Eastern countries, but also in the US and European nations, which are working out how to respond. Speculators fuel fear by driving up oil prices, even where there is no shortage. Disinformation and rumors, especially by supporters of Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi, have built up fear and confusion. European countries have been fearing a refugee invasion. 

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