God, you are the great defender. We pray that your hand of protection would be over Egypt.

Grant comfort, that compassion and mercy would overcome any peril.

Grant peace, that wherever there is danger or fear it would subside.

Grant repentance, that any hatred or ill will would be cut out.

Be with the observers, the children and those who think they must fight. Be with the protestors, the government and the army. Be with the field doctors, the nurses, the sheikhs, the priests and the journalists who will put themselves in harm’s way. Be with all those who grieve. Be with the wounded, the prisoners and the dying. Be with the newly widowed and orphaned.

Grant strength and restore peace.

Jesus told us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. May that be the way in Egypt, even if it is the hard way.

Forgive all the factions in the conflict. Have pity and do not count their sins against them. Heal the suffering and show yourself to be the ultimate victory.

Be with your Church in Egypt. Meet their daily needs and show them where they are needed. Let your light shine in the darkness through your presence in your people. Let them remember that you said blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the merciful, blessed are the peacemakers.

Save the people of Egypt from these troubled days. For the good refuge, and the good peace and the good way are only found in you.