After the royal snub in January, President Obama finally found time to sit down and discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the threat of ISIS with our greatest Sunni Muslim ally in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan. (View the 2 minute recap of remarks, or read the entire transcript.)
To date, Jordan has taken in 600,000 Syrian refugees, despite a struggling Jordanian economy and unemployment of over 20%. (In total, there are about 1.2 million Syrians living in Jordan.) Roughly 1/4 of Jordan’s national budget is being spent on those who are not even Jordanian citizens. Beyond that, ISIS is knocking at the door of the Hashemite kingdom, posing a very existential security problem for Jordan. The King says:
“Jordanians are suffering….and sooner or later I think the dam is going to burst….we need the rest of the world to work with us.”
Interestingly, the King sees many of the issues in the Middle East as an Islamic civil war, and readily admits that Muslims must take responsibility, but that Jordan needs the help of its allies. (See King Abdullah’s remarks about Muslim responsibility here.) The King was in Washington to petition for just such help.
Fortunately, President Obama made time for King Abdullah, and the meeting (according to each leaders’ remarks) went well. Our part as believers is to pray! Pray for:
- Wisdom for King Abdullah and those in leadership in Jordan.
- Development of crucial relationships with our Middle Eastern allies.
- America to stand up and become a leader once more on the world stage, in order to protect our allies.
- Confusion of the enemies’ plans. Pray that ISIS would turn on one another.
- Relief from the worldwide community for Jordan and the care of those refugees.
- A move of the Holy Spirit to sweep across the Middle East.
You are faithful prayer warriors! Please keep at it. There is not a single prayer that God does not hear as we pray according to His will and in His name. Let’s rattle the gates of heaven in these last days as we continue to pray, and as we deny ungodliness and worldly desires and live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus! (Titus 2:12-13)