Operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport. The increasingly violent protests have plunged the Asian city into its most serious crisis in decades. Scores of protesters have been arrested with a reported 600 being detained since the unrest began.” Some Christians are on one side rooting for the government to restore law and order, and others are on the side of those protesting who are very concerned about the future of Hong Kong and the potential loss of freedom and opportunity to more stringent control of the Chinese communist party, which controls the rest of the country.
A local resident says “The situation in Hong Kong is really tense and going from bad to worse. The market is starting to hurt badly, which will start to affect the livelihoods of many people here and only exacerbate the situation. The principal concerns of the protestors are their fear of what will happen post-2048 when Hong Kong reverts to total Chinese control and their lack of hope of ever being able afford their own home in the city. Everyone now is watching for the Chinese government and military’s response. We need to pray that there will not be another Tiananmen Square resulting in the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of people.
A Chinese official there said: “Hong Kong protesters have repeatedly used extremely dangerous tools to attack police officers. The first signs of terrorism are starting to appear.” United, authoritative prayer is required leading to the right kind of political protest and action. Violent protest is never acceptable and is always destructive. Any violence needs to be the Lord Almighty Himself taking down the spiritual principalities and powers of the evil one that want to bring bondage and oppression to both Hong Kong and China. He is the mighty Deliverer and History Transformer!
We at the International Prayer Council have repeatedly seen God change history as His people do their part as intercessors in the midst of the chaotic political situations they face. Derek Prince’s book, Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting is a classic one on this theme. Let’s therefore pray with real expectation and confidence, trusting that the Lord is working in this very challenging situation and will bring about ultimate good for the Chinese people that He loves so much, as we also pray with the authority He has entrusted to us:
- Pray for the protests to become calm and peaceful and that the Chinese central government and army will have restraint, letting the Hong Kong officials and police handle the current disturbances.
- Pray for the youth and others who are caught up in the fear of losing their freedoms and future prosperity, that they will find hope and confidence through an encounter with Jesus Christ., the true and only deliverer and transformer of humankind.
- Pray that the churches and Christians of Hong Kong will come together in unity and love in spite of their political differences to pray with God’s heart and in the power of the Holy Spirit to effect change in favour of His Kingdom there.
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