The people of Myanmar (Burma) had only begun to taste freedom in the recent years after five decades of military rule, when the powerful military Generals claimed fraud in the recent electoral results. The democratic government is led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The military officials are the same ones who started the brutal attacks on the country’s minority Muslim Rohingyas. The United States labelled the attacks “genocide.” Once again Suu Kyi is among those imprisoned in the military coup. Each day people have daily staged peaceful protests demanding the return of their democracy and Suu Kyi and other duly elected officials. Protesters have daily taken to the streets in protest of the military coup.
U.S. President Biden on 10 February announced sanctions on the military commanders who overthrew the elected civilian government and brutally attacked citizens protesting the coup. Clearly, the civilian population does not want the return of the repressive military government. It is not clear if the U.S. sanctions will be effective in reversing the takeover. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price has said, “We repeat our calls for the military to relinquish power, restore democratically elected government, release those detained and lift all telecommunication restrictions and to refrain from violence.” Let us pray fervently for:
- The U.S. sanctions and those from other nations to have the desired effect in pressuring the military officials to restore the election results and relinquish authority to the duly elected civilian authorities (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).
- Aung San Suu Kyi to be protected from danger and harm. Pray she is released to lead the civilian government and the people who look up go her (The Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6). Pray too for protection from violence for the civilian protesters who are risking their lives to fight for their democratic rights (The Bible, Psalm 91).
- The minority Christian Believers who are praying fervently for their country that the Lord would restore their young democracy (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:6-7).
Source: Windows International Network