" . . . now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him." (Eph. 3:10-12)
1. Al Qaeda's No. 2 says end of West imminent, video shows - CNN
In a newly released videotaped message similar to a "fireside chat," al Qaeda's second-in-command issues advice and directives for the Muslim world, terrorism expert Laura Mansfield said Wednesday.
*Father, we declare that You alone are God, and no plan of the enemy against the West will prevail. You destroy the plans of the wicked, and we trust in You.
*You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked. (Habakkuk 3:13)
2. Musharraf crisis as nine die in clash at mosque - London Telegraph
Pakistan's president, Gen Pervez Musharraf, faced a violent challenge to his authority last night after nine people were killed in clashes between security forces and radical Islamist students.
*Lord we pray that You will cover General Musharraf with protection, and draw him to Yourself with the power of the Blood of Jesus. We pray that Pakistan will move ever more increasingly towards truth, and lay aside every agenda of evil that has been in place in the past.
*And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.( Zechariah 14:9)
3. Three More Years for Putin? - Spiegel Online
Russian President Vladimir Putin had dismissed talk of him going for a third term in office, but that might not be the only way to stay in the Kremlin. There is now speculation that he could simply extend his current term by three years.
*Lord we pray that You will thwart Mr. Putin's prideful agenda, and dismiss his plans to be in complete control over Russia.
*Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
4. US, Russia Pledge Further Nuclear Weapons Cuts - VOA
The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to pursue further cuts in their strategic nuclear arsenals and to take new steps to limit weapons proliferation. The announcement was following the talks between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday and Monday in Kennebunkport, Maine.
*Father, while we rejoice in the idea that fewer nuclear weapons seems to mean a safer world, we pray that any hidden plans be revealed and destroyed. We ask once again that Your protection, truth, wisdom, and knowledge be the guiding factor in all agreements with any nation over nuclear arms.
*He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings shall you take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.( Psalm 91:4)
5. Russians threaten to counter US shield - Financial Times
Chief of Russia's General Staff Yury Baluyevsky. Photo courtesy AFP.
Russia could site cruise missiles in Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania, if the US goes ahead with plans for a missile defense shield in central Europe, Russia's first deputy prime minister warned on Wednesday.
*Lord, we take authority over the threats from Russia over the proposed defense shield, and declare them null and void. Like Nehemiah we lay their threats before You, and ask that the defense shield be deployed for our protection and not be compromised for the purposes of our enemies.
*Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.( Nehemiah 4:9)