Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Pray For Rifqa Bary – and Her Family

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who said she ran away from her Ohio home to Florida because she feared physical harm for converting from Islam to Christianity could soon be returning to her home state. Rifqa fled after her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, learned that she was baptized into the Christian faith without their knowledge. The parents reported her missing on July 19. Police used cell phone and computer records tracked the girl to an Orlando-based Christian church. This month, a Florida judge said stated that he would send Rifqa back to Ohio, but set no date for her return.

In a television interview aired on the Florida station WFTV, Rifqa, said she expects to be killed if she is forced to return to Ohio.”If I had stayed in Ohio, I wouldn’t be alive,” she claimed. “In 150 generations in family, no one has known Jesus. I am the first — imagine the honor in killing me.”

Rifqa’a father Mohamed Bary, who emigrated with his family from Sri Lanka in 2000 responded in another interview that has no intentions of harming his daughter.

“I love my daughter and I want her to come back to the family,” he said, declining further comment.

This is a tough story. Where does parental authority begin and end? What is the right balance between religious freedom and parental choice? We’ve seen several examples of this question lately, with several well publicized child medical treatment/prayer treatment controversies. As a parent, and a supporter of societal support of the nuclear family I side with the girl’s parents. But as an individual believer in Jesus, firmly aware of the hostility Jesus-followers often encounter, my heart goes out this brave young woman.

From a distance, the most we can do is pray.

“God we pray for Rifqa Bary and her parents and extended family and friends. We can pray that you would give Rifqa increased courage and conviction to maintain her personal faith in the face of opposition. We pray too that you will bring a miraculous reconciliation between Rifqa and her parents and family. Open everyone’s mind and heart in this matter, show them the path to walk. Give Rifqa relationships with people who can help her follow Jesus without believing that she has to leave every element of her culture. Show her how to honor her parents and yet retain a full loyalty to Jesus. There is no simple human solution here. It will take a miracle, which is why we pray! In Jesus…”

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  • Bronwyn

    This is not some poignant, yet poetic story. It is the story of an honor killing in progress perpetrated by Islam, but jointly aided by the American judicial system and the American press. The violent anti Christian bias of the mainline press and the scandalous cowardice of the moderate press and a dangerously, irresponsible court, have left this girl to be killed.
    A girl has been raped by her uncle,repeatedly beaten by her father and permanently blinded by her brother.She flees from Ohio to Florida because her father, a Muslim, has threatened to kill her for converting. He has beaten her in the past for refusing to wear the hijab. She is blind in one eye. She is on the honor roll, a cheerleader and a model student.She leaves a note for her family saying that she loves them but will not give up Jesus. Then she runs for her life.
    Because she is now a Christian she is everywhere ridiculed, discredited and held in contempt. The court did not investigate the Islamic mandate to kill every apostate. They refused to notice that every recognized branch of Islam requires the death of those who leave the religion, if it can be called religion.They did not investigate the phenomenon of honor killings where young Muslim girls are murdered by their families when their families comsider that their honor has been hurt. The court allowed no evidence on these issues. This was a signing of a death warrant for RIfqa Bary and was an outrageous act of cowardice.
    The press complied with the execution in progress. They refused to investigate the facts of Rifqa’s life and conspired to hush up the fact that she was raped by her uncle repeatedly and her mother, being informed, did nothing.They clearly preferred that this little embarrassment to political correctness and multiculturalism pay the full price for her defiance of their supremacy.
    Our only hope is in GOd and in right action. Faith without deeds is dead, being alone. Get up and act. Now let’s pray:
    Father, in the name of Jesus let there will be no execution of this your child.We bind the mouth of Satna to silence and command every plot of the enemy to fail in Jesus name. Glorify yourself, Jesus.I also call for retribution against those who willingly sold this girl into the hands of those who were sworn to harm her. I ask for punishment for those who repudiated their sacred duty to the law and to reporting the whole truth.Bring allMuslims out of the darkness of Islam into the ligfht of faith in You, Jesus, the only Savior. I ask for mercy on the US that we awake and forbid the murders of our American Muslim girls who need our help from the vengeance of tehir families. I ask that every member of the press who has received incentives to repress the truth be exposed and brought down. GOd defend the USA. Have mercy on us and strengthen US in righteousness. In Jesus’ matchless name. Amen.

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