NEWS UPDATE: On Jan. 16 Islamist terrorists seized a foreign-managed natural gas field in Algeria and took about 40 foreign hostages, including French, American, British, Norwegian and Japanese citizens. The terrorists said they were outraged that France had used Algerian airspace for airstrikes on Islamist insurgents in neighboring Mali. Those insurgents recently vowed to expand their fight to take over Mali into a struggle against the entire West. The Algerian terrorists appeared to be acting in concert with them. The hostage-takers’ only demand was for France to cease immediately all military actions against the Malian insurgents. But Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia said the Algerian government refuses to negotiate. He sent security forces which rapidly surrounded the gas-field complex, resulting in a tense faceoff with the terrorists holding the hostages. After days of contradictory reports, the harsh reality became apparent: a total of 23 hostages and 32 terrorists were killed. At least we can be thankful that 107 foreign hostages and 685 Algerian hostages have been rescued or released. We must pray that this will not incite further violence around the world. Both Mali and Algerian are former colonies of France. French President Francois Hollande has ordered security alerts in his own country anticipating retaliation from militant Muslims living in France.
A TIME TO PRAY: Father God, You are King of kings and Lord of lords. Your enemy is our enemy, and he wants to expand the radical Muslim takeover of northern Mail to all of Mali, to neighboring Algeria, to France and all of Europe, to the US, to make this a world war of Islamic conquest. This enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. But You sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil and to defeat him on the cross. Jesus now has all authority in heaven and on earth. For the sake of the world You so love, and for which Your Son died, hold back this world war. Drive the Malian insurgents back so they will not extend their persecution of Your people to southern Mali. For Your people there, make this a time to pray instead of a time to war. Frustrate those who plan to extend this war now. Let the truth of this conflict come forth, comfort all who are grieving, raise up the peacemakers and defenders against further attacks, and reveal to them all, insurgents and loyalists alike, and Europeans, Americans and Japanese, that Jesus is Lord of all. He alone is worthy to break the seals on the future. When He does, He will work it all in conformity to the good of those who love Him. Show them that now is the time to get to know Him and His kingdom, while He still extends a grace period before that judgment day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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