In the same region of Egypt where Joseph, Mary, and young Jesus once lived while on the run from murderous King Herod, Christians are facing brutal persecution.

On June 30, Ashraf Khalaaf was summoned to the police station, where he was forced to sign papers stating that he would not build a church on his land. But even this coerced promise wasn’t good enough.

Instead, area Muslims in Samalout, Upper Egypt knew that local Christians wanted to build a church, and were looking for a reason to punish them into submission. A mob of over 300 Muslims gathered and set fire to at least four Christian homes, including Ashraf’s house.

Our brothers and sisters in Christ living in hostile areas of Egypt need our prayers for perseverance. [PC: Reuters]

Our brothers and sisters in Christ living in hostile areas of Egypt need our prayers for perseverance. [PC: Reuters]

On the same day, in El-Arish, ISIS gunmen opened fire on 46-year-old Rev. Raphael Mousa, a Coptic priest who they accused of “combating Islam.” Nader Shokry, Raphael’s friend, said, “He trusted God and believed God’s will would be done. He didn’t fear anything and believed that all is in God’s hand.”

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” — Colossians 1:9-10

Pray —

Coptic Orthodox Christians at Palm Sunday mass in the Samaan el-Kharaz Monastery in the Mokattam Mountain area of Cairo, Egypt. [PC:Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

Coptic Orthodox Christians at Palm Sunday mass in the Samaan el-Kharaz Monastery in the Mokattam Mountain area of Cairo, Egypt. [PC:Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

8/1 — Pray for the God of all comfort to draw grieving families of Christian martyrs in Egypt close to Himself.

8/2 — Many Coptic Christians are nominal believers, who do not personally own or read the Bible. Pray that their hearts will hunger and thirst after the Living Word.

8/3 — Pray for Coptic church leaders to shepherd their people with courage and dependence on God’s Word.

8/4 — Pray for justice in Egypt, and for police and government leaders to investigate and prosecute culprits.

8/5 — Pray that Christians in Egypt will rely on the spiritual armor God provides through His Word.

8/6 — Pray that Christians living in Egypt will rest in the truth of their identity in Christ, sealed by His Holy Spirit.

8/7 — Ask God to take the violence and hatred from hearts of Muslim persecutors of Christians in Egypt and draw them to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

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