A LENT PRAYER JOURNEY
The mountains of the Middle East are well-known to us from Bible accounts as places of silence and grandeur, of refreshment and revelation. Voices carry far in the quiet air – and those who pay attention can hear them clearly.
This Lent, let’s quieten the clamour so that we can hear God’s voice. Source of all that is, He seems sometimes to be found in the tiniest spaces: a bush burning in the desert, a whisper after an earthquake, a still, small voice of calm.
Let’s also listen closely to the voices of believers across the Middle East and North Africa. So often isolated and unseen, they have powerful testimonies to share, which SAT-7 has gathered here.
In response, we say to God, “Hear our voice” as we let these stories guide our prayers for breakthrough in the region. There is untold power in prayer. Our voices, when raised, are heard in heaven.
Let’s let the mountain air fill our lungs – and then use them for what they were made for.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:55
Our Lent journey brings us first to Egypt, to the desert valleys of the Sinai and the lush Nile Delta, where God heard and answered the cries of His enslaved people in the time of Moses.
Today, many Egyptians follow Christ, including 5.5 million SAT-7 viewers. They are also the target of repeated violent attacks.
Coptic Orthodox Archbishop Angaelos shares how, despite this, Egyptian believers demonstrate a remarkable ability to forgive.
As He did for Mary in the garden, God’s voice brings comfort in the midst of despair – and courage, confidence and hope.
"Let us fast from all evil, in purity and righteousness…
So that with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an unashamed face,
a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and a firm hope,
we may dare with boldness, without fear, to pray to You, O God,
the Holy Father, who are in the heavens,
and say, “Our Father...”
Lent prayer, from the Coptic divine liturgy
Ask God to bring to mind anyone you need to forgive.
In the stillness, listen for God's words of comfort for any painful situations known to you.
Official language: Arabic
Population: 97 million
Religion: 90% Muslim, 10% Christian (majority Coptic Orthodox)
Did you know? The Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. According to tradition, the Coptic Church was founded in 50AD by the apostle Mark, who brought Christianity to Egypt. The word ‘Copt’ comes from the Greek word ‘Aigyptos’, meaning Egyptian.
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